Christine Sheddy is the mother of three children, her two little boys, 2 and 4 were with her at the time of her disappearance from a home of friends in Pocomoke City, MD that she met through her boyfriend. According to news accounts Christine and her two children stayed behind at the home while the other couple went to pick up their own children from school. When they returned, Christine was gone, taking nothing with her, not her purse or any belongings, and her two boys were left in the home, alone.
As in so many cases of missing mothers, speculation runs rampant about the woman's character, her relationships and why she did what she did. Many times law enforcement agencies don't appropriately respond, saying that the missing adult probably just walked away, maybe just wanting to start a new life. All these familiar statements were heard by Christine's mother, Lynn Dodenhoff.
"All I want is my daughter so I can bring her home and put her to rest," Dodenhoff said. "I couldn't care less who was involved, I couldn't care less. I just want her home. That way her children could move on and not wonder why their mother left; because she would never leave them. It will come to an end, and we will find my daughter, and justice will be served. I have full confidence that will happen."
As with many police departments, it's been reported that the agency involved was not seriously investigating this missing mother, speculating that her lifestyle choices put her into a certain category and that they were uncooperative in organizing searches and coming forth with information. Key evidence tends to go cold very quickly in missing persons cases and if not thoroughly investigated, quickly the trail often leads to dead ends.
Certain protocals that every police department must follow are being introduced in a new bill, HR 3695, The Help Find the Missing Act (Billy's Law) that if passed will mandate that all information be entered into National data bases in a timely manner, thus speeding up the process for family members who are reporting a missing loved one. I urge every citizen to write and support this important legislation.
Missing persons are victims and oftentimes, missing adults, especially, are not given proper attention. Many, many families are finding that rather than idly sit by and wait for word, they must find the strength to take on several tasks that will help lead them to real evidence. Our society and citizens must wake up and realize that it takes us all to help find the missing.
November 13 was the two year anniversary marking the day that Christine Sheddy vanished. Small searches for her were conducted and earlier this year a large scale search was organized, yet turned up no positive results on her whereabouts. Her children deserve answers.
Date of Birth: 12/22/80
Missing Since: 11/13/07
Missing City: Pocomoke
Missing State: MD
Age at time of disappearance: 26
Height: 5 ft 4 in
Weight: 100 lbs
Hair Color: DK Blonde
Hair (other): Short
Eye Color: Blue
Characteristics: tattoo on lower back
Clothing: jeans, white shirt
Circumstances: Christine was staying at a friend's home and when the friends left to pick up children and then returned, Christine was missing. Christine's children were found at the house alone. Christine took no possessions with her.
Agency Name: Worcester County Bureau of Investication
Agency Phone: 1-410-352-3476
SNOW HILL – Local law enforcement agencies are investigating human remains that were discovered buried in a parcel of land near the Snow Hill municipal parking lot.
Worcester County State’s Attorney Joel Todd said “it would be inappropriate to comment” on whether the body was that of missing woman Christine Sheddy. Sheddy disappeared from a Pocomoke-area farm house in November 2007.
Officials from the Maryland State Police, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County Bureau of investigation and Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office were led to the site as part of a larger investigation, Todd said.
The remains, which were found with a pair of shoes and some jeans, will be sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore.
Todd said he did not know how long the body had been there, and declined to comment any further for the sake of the investigation.