Details of Disappearance
Sharon resided in the 1900 block of Elderleaf Drive in Dallas, Texas. She dropped her daughter off at the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Park and Ride station between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m. on June 13, 2001. The Redbird area depot was located less than two miles from their family's home.
Sharon was scheduled to attend a training session later in the morning at Stemmons Elementary School. She taught third grade during the previous semester and she planned to teach the sixth grade class in September 2001. Sharon never arrived for her meeting and has never been heard from again.
Sharon's two college-age children asked their father, Ron Davis Sr., to report their mother as a missing person when they failed to locate her by the evening. Ron's photo is posted with this case summary.
He declined to contact authorities until the following morning. He has been generally uncooperative with authorities in the investigation into Sharon's disappearance, and has also discouraged members of the media from following her case.
Sharon's green 1998 Mercury Villager van was discovered abandoned on June 18, five days after her disappearance. The vehicle was parked in the Bally Total Fitness lot near the Southwest Center Mall in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, less than one mile from the Davis's residence.
One of the minivan's windows was broken and the vehicle had been wiped clean of fingerprints. Employees at the gym first noticed the Villager parked in their lot after 12:00 a.m. on June 14. Sharon was a member of the fitness center, but records indicated that she visited the gym for the final time during the first week of June 2001.
Ron refused to discuss his wife's case with authorities until three weeks after reporting her disappearance. Sharon retained an attorney and filed for divorce from Ron on June 11, two days before she vanished.
Their two children said that their parents' marriage had been troubled for several years beforehand. Ron allegedly belittled Sharon on a constant basis. Their children described his behavior towards their mother as "abusive."
Ron told investigators that Sharon took between $10,000 and $25,000 from their home before her disappearance. He refused to allow officers to inspect the location where the money had been hidden inside their residence. It is not clear if Sharon was carrying the cash on the day she disappeared.
Ron and Sharon met in Los Angeles, California in 1980. He previously resided in Wisconsin and has children from his first marriage. Sharon was born in Mobile, Alabama and was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles by her mother. She earned her master's degree in public administration from California State University.
Sharon and Ron relocated to Dallas after their wedding. Their family members said that they did not know anyone in the area at the time. Ron is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, but he never took the Texas bar exam. He was employed as a code enforcement officer with the city of Dallas.
Sharon initially worked as an accountant, but she joined Ron in code enforcement shortly thereafter. She eventually changed occupations and became a counselor at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center and at a jail in Hutchins, Texas before moving on to teaching.
Sharon and Ron experienced marital problems in 1985 and she left Dallas with their children. She intended to return to Los Angeles and planned to file for divorce. Sharon withdrew funds from the couple's joint checking account before her departure. She reconsidered her decision and elected to return to the marriage shortly afterwards.
Ron claimed that he had been mugged outside of his office in Dallas's Rochester Park area in 1992. He filed a disability suit against the city afterwards, claiming that he was "psychologically impaired" as the result of the attack.
The alleged mugging occurred six weeks after Ron was denied a promotion. He filed a grievance with the city concerning that incident, but he dropped the suit due to a lack of evidence. The city's attorneys eventually stopped filing motions in regards to his disability suit and Ron was awarded five years' back pay in 1997.
Ron emerged as a political and community activist in the 1990s. He was elected to the executive board of Dallas's NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). Ron was suspended by the organization's national officials after they received complaints regarding irregularities in the 1999 local elections. He eventually incorporated a new chapter of the NAACP out of his family's home with the assistance of other suspended members.
The Davis children said that they were uncertain as to the nature of their father's occupation after he stopped working for the city of Dallas. Ron told them that he traded stock and worked as a private financial advisor, similar to a day trader. The children reported that he attended various civic meetings, but he did not seem to have traditional employment.
Ron owned the Dallas Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit and tax-exempt organization that purportedly provided shelter and other services to low-income residents. Various family members were named as officials of the group, including Sharon.
Sharon's loved ones describe her as a shy and quiet person with a thoughtful nature. She enjoys jazz singing, drawing and the theater. Sharon's friends said she was the exact opposite of her husband, who was viewed as controlling and ill-tempered. Her relatives said that she lacked self-confidence and self-esteem.
Sharon elected to end their marriage in early June 2001. Her family members said that she appeared serious about the decision, as opposed to her futile attempt to leave in 1985.
Ron reportedly demanded that Sharon pay half of their household expenses and keep her earnings in a separate account. Both of them were considered spendthrifts by their loved ones. Ron allegedly demanded that Sharon hand over her retirement account, which was valued at approximately $30,000. She told friends that she refused to do so.
Sharon's attorney obtained a temporary restraining order that barred any activity within the couple's accounts after filing the divorce papers on June 11. She planned to request sole possession of their home and charged that Ron was responsible for the breakup of their marriage. Sharon also alleged that he committed "fraud on the community" and asked for control of more than half of their family's assets.
Sharon contacted numerous relatives after filing for divorce. She claimed that Ron threatened her and asked her loved ones to check in with her frequently to ensure her safety.
Their daughter told authorities that she never heard Ron threaten her mother, but she and her brother believed their father was capable of harming Sharon. Her daughter agreed to stay close to Sharon until the divorce was finalized. Sharon's attorney advised her to remain in their house, as she was seeking possession of the property.
Sharon asked her daughter to move one of their family's vehicles during the evening of June 12. Sharon said that Ron had an early meeting scheduled for the following morning. Their daughter said that it was uncharacteristic of her father to conduct business in the early mornings. She was awake by 6:30 a.m. on June 13 and noticed that Ron had already left the house.
Ron refused to divulge his whereabouts during the time his wife disappeared. Their children said that he provided several different versions of their mother's whereabouts afterwards. Ron allegedly claimed that Sharon left voluntarily, experienced a psychotic episode or associated with drug dealers.
Her relatives said that Ron normally belittled Sharon and insinuated that she was mentally ill. After her 2001 disappearance, he suggested to authorities that perhaps she had checked herself into a mental institution. Besides Ron's statements, there is no evidence that Sharon was unbalanced in June 2001.
The television program Unsolved Mysteries produced a segment revolving around Sharon's disappearance that was slated for broadcast during the spring of 2002. Ron declined an interview for the show and sent its producers an "accusatory" letter, which prompted the cancellation of the segment.
Constables attempted to serve the divorce papers to Ron after Sharon's disappearance, but he avoided all the attempts. The case has since stalled.
Their son told authorities that his father threatened and attacked him in September 2001 after he demanded to know more about his mother's case. A grand jury declined to indict Ron on felony assault charges, however.
The Davis children believe Ron may have harmed Sharon, causing her disappearance, and are no longer speaking to him. Ron has stated he thinks she left of her own accord and is alive and well.
Foul play is possible in Sharon's disappearance. There have not been any arrests in connection with her case.