Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Sheryl Sheppard, who shared a Stoney Creek apartment with her mother has been missing under suspicious circumstances since January 2, 1998. She may have been missing since New Years's Day.
Sheppard was born and raised in Hamilton and attended Notre Dame High School until grade 10. She married at 21 but the marriage lasted less than six months. A second marriage lasted one year. Sheppard worked at Tim Hortons at Sanford Avenue North and Cannon Street East in Hamilton since it opened September 1997.
Her boyfriend, Michael Lavoie, proposed to her live on Hamilton's television station ONtv on New Year's Eve, and she accepted the proposal- This television appearance is believed to be the last time anyone saw her. Friends say the two had dated for about two years, and he had moved into the apartment with Sheppard and her mother several months before.
Lavoie said he dropped her off at the Concord Hotel in Niagara Falls for a dancing gig on January 2, but police say she never arrived at the hotel. The Concord manager said she was not scheduled to work his establishment and he has never seen her. A few days after that, Lavoie tried to take his own life. Friends and family say she had a stormy relationship with her fiance.
She was supposed to have picked up her mother at the Pearson Airport January 4, but she never showed up.
A check of her apartment turned up her wallet and identification.
Foul play may have occurred. Her body was never found and nobody has ever been charged.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Hamilton Police Service
Detective Peter Thom
Hamilton Police Department