Shamari Taylor

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Above Images: Taylor, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 26, 2006 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 200 - 250 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Taylor's nickname is Monk.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Taylor was last seen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 26, 2006. At 11:00 p.m., he and his girlfriend, Caren Murphy, were driving in the 7600 block of Woodbine in the Overbrook Park neighborhood when seven to ten armed, masked men drove a van in front of them and stopped their car. The men forced Taylor and Murphy into their vehicle and drove them away. The kidnappers released Murphy several hours later. She said she and Taylor were blindfolded, bound with duct tape and taken to a warehouse or garage. She heard Taylor screaming as if in pain, and begging for his life. Taylor has never been heard from again.

    At 6:45 p.m. on August 27, two African-American men went to Taylor's home in the 5400 block of Wyalusing Avenue. Taylor's mother, Robin Nixon-Jones, and sister, Markita Haynes, were both at home that the time. The men separated the two women, threatened them and demanded money and drugs. They shot both of them in the head, ransacked Taylor's bedroom and stole about $300. The two women both survived the attack, although Nixon-Jones was shot four times and critically injured. The men may have used a key to gain entrance to the house. One of them is described as 5'4 and dark-skinned with light facial hair, wearing dark-colored denim capri pants and a green and white striped polo shirt. The other was between 5'10 and 6'2 with medium brown skin, light facial hair and short curly hair. He was wearing dark-colored jeans and a black t-shirt.

    Several days later, two men broke into Taylor's cousin's home, raped her and robbed her. Authorities believe the perpetrators in both home invasions were part of the group that kidnapped Taylor and Murphy. Neither of these crimes have been solved.

    Taylor's father is Jon D. Myers, a Democratic politician who represents Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives, but authorities don't believe Myers's career had anything to do with his son's abduction. Myers stated he last spoke to his son a few weeks before the kidnapping and nothing seemed to be amiss at the time. He is not married to Taylor's mother and they had ended their relationship by the time of Taylor's disappearance.

    Taylor was involved in the cocaine trade and planned to meet a man on the night of his abduction and buy $40,000 worth of cocaine. Authorities believe his abduction was drug-related. Kenneth "Calif" Tuck was subsequently charged with kidnapping, robbery, conspiracy and other offenses in his case. A photograph of him is posted below this case summary. The drug supplier Taylor planned to meet that night is Tuck's cousin. Murphy had had a three-month sexual relationship with Tuck several years before and she identified him as one of the abductors. At his first trial, in 2007, the jury was unable to reach a verdict. Tuck was retried in the summer of 2008 and acquitted of all charges. No one else has been charged in connection with the case.

    Foul play is suspected in Taylor's case due to the circumstances involved. His disappearance remains unsolved and he is presumed to have been murdered.

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    Above: Kenneth Tuck

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Philadelphia Police Department
    865-685-3257

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    Source Information
    WHTM 27
    The Philadelphia Daily News
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    WPVI 6
    The Germantown Courier
    KYW Newsradio 1060
    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    The Philadelphia Tribune

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 23, 2017; height and weight added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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