Shannon Lee Orton

Orton, circa 2020; Orton's tattoo; Orton on the day of her disappearance; Unidentified woman accompanying Orton when she was last seen

  • Missing Since 07/12/2020
  • Missing From Portage, Indiana
  • Classification Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 10/13/1983 (40)
  • Age 36 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'0, 115 - 140 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A light-colored tank top, orange pants and black flip-flop sandals. A photo of Orton in those clothes is posted with this case summary.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue/hazel eyes. Orton's ears are pierced. She has a tattoo of a heart on her wrist; a photo of it is posted with this case summary. She also has a tattoo of a clover on her ear, a tattoos of the cartoon character Winnie the Pooh on the back, and a tattoo of the cartoon character Tigger.

Details of Disappearance

Orton disappeared from her home in the 600 block of west 37th Avenue in Hobart, Indiana on July 5, 2020. At 7:44 p.m. on July 12, she was sighted at a CVS pharmacy at Lute and Willowcreek Road in Portage, Indiana. She was accompanied by an unidentified Caucasian woman wearing a black skirt or dress and black flip-flops; a video surveillance image of the woman is posted with this case summary.

Orton didn't have a cellular phone at the time of her disappearance. She has never been heard from again. She may have traveled to the Gary, Indiana area.

She had previously left home without contacting her family for brief periods of time, and as a result, she was not reported missing until September 30. She had never been gone longer than a month before. She left behind two young daughters. Her case remains unsolved.

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 23, 2021; date of disappearance corrected, clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.