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
  • 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 in Marion County, Texas.

In October 2020, Kevin Dewayne Shepard Jr. and his uncle, Gary Edward Shepard, were charged with capital murder in their cases. Authorities allege Gary solicited or directed Combs's murder due to his status as a potential witness in a felony theft case, and Kevin killed both Combs and Arnold. Photos of the Shepards are posted with this case summary. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Arnold and Combs's bodies have not been recovered. Foul play is suspected in their cases due to the circumstances involved.

Investigating Agency

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

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 13, 2020; casefile added.