Donnie Combs

Combs, circa 2018; Kevin Shepard; Gary Shepard

  • Missing Since 09/26/2018
  • Missing From Cass County, Texas
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 02/06/1972 (52)
  • Age 46 years old
  • Height and Weight Unknown
  • Associated Vehicle(s) Truck (accounted for)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Combs is missing his teeth. He has the following tattoos: a barbed wire band around his right arm, a dragon on his chest, and a skull and roses with the names "Tesla", "Shae" and "Jovi" on it. His nickname is Bon Jovi.

Details of Disappearance

Combs disappeared with his girlfriend, Cynthia Arnold. On September 26, 2018, he called her and asked her to come pick him up in Cass County, Texas, and she left home to do so. A little while later she contacted her mother and said Combs hadn't arrived and she was still waiting at the meeting spot.

Neither of them has ever been heard from again. A few days after they were last seen, Arnold's truck was found abandoned and burned on a county road in Marion County, Texas.

At Kevin's trial in 2022, a female witness testified that Kevin took her to a trailer with no running water or electricity, and said they stayed there for about a week and smoked methamphetamine while they were there. During this time period, the witness met Combs and Arnold twice.

During the second meeting, Arnold and the witness were inside the trailer and Combs and Kevin were outside shooting guns near a trash pit fire. Arnold went to lie down in her truck, and the witness went outside and sat in a chair. Kevin then said, "Watch this," and shot Arnold in the head. He then said, "I've got something for you too," and shot Combs.

The witness said Combs got up and ran, chased by Kevin, and she heard more gunshots and what sounded like someone being pistol-whipped. Eventually Kevin came back without Combs, saying "He wouldn't go down."

Kevin left again and came back with a rolled-up carpet; the witness saw a pair of boots hanging out of the end. He threw the carpet, presumably with Combs's body inside it, into the fire pit, then removed Arnold's body from her truck and put it in the pit as well. He then burned the bodies with some tires and trash, made the witness follow him in his car to a county road, and set Arnold's truck alight.

Authorities searched the fire pit the witness indicated and found bones, four of which were confirmed to be human, and three others were consistent with human bones. There was significant thermal damage and it wasn't possible to extract usable DNA from them.

Kevin was convicted of capital murder in June 2022 and sentenced to an automatic term of life in prison without parole. Gary is still awaiting trial.


Investigating Agency

  • Cass County Sheriff's Office 903-756-7511

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated May 22, 2023; date of birth added, details of disappearance updated.