North American Missing Persons Network
Sheryl Marie Sheppard

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 2, 1998 from Hamilton, Ontario
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 29, 1968
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 105 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde, long and curly.
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Tattoo on ankle -
    unknown which ankle.
  • AKA: Fisher, maiden name Sweeney
  • Case Number: 98-501950
  • Dentals: Available, teeth were stained.
  • DNA: Available

  • 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hamilton Police Service
    Detective Peter Thom
    (905) 546-3843

    Source Information
    Hamilton Police Department
    Canada's Missing
    Hamilton Spectator