Seventeen years later and Sharon Shechter is still listed as missing.
“She was going to pick up her three children from her estranged husband’s house she never picked up the children,” said investigator Michael Shannon with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
That was back in December of 2001. Her children, now grown, still without answers about what actually happened to their mother. Shechter was reported missing on December 9th. Her van was found three days later in Gates.
“The vehicle was located at the Days Inn parking lot, it was confirmed she did not get a room there, no one knows how the vehicle got there or where it was before it arrived there,” said Shannon.
Shechter was reported missing, not by her husband Alan, despite never showing to pick up their kids at his house, but by her co-workers. Investigator Shannon says the recovered van paints a gruesome picture of what likely happened to the mother of three.
“Due to the amount of blood loss in the van, the determination was made that no one could survive that amount of blood loss,” said Shannon.
Sharon and her husband were going through a custodial battle at the time of her disappearance. Alan, despite initially speaking with police, retained a lawyer after the van was discovered and stopped cooperating.
“Sharon Shechter’s body has not been recovered so it’s a challenge, we don’t know what happened to her, she’s listed as a missing person, but we’re treating it as a homicide due to the circumstances,” said Shannon.
Investigator Shannon says that throughout the years, Shechter’s family has not stopped reaching out, and that his office will not stop looking.
“We never give up on these cases especially if we think someone died, we are always going to investigate until we come to a conclusion,” said Shannon.