Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On 07/20/1978 Mary "Bobo" Shinn was called to show a house to an unknown male subject. She was a real estate agent. Authorities believe that Shinn met a man who was interested in looking at a house on East McNeil Street that Shinn had remodeled and hoped to sell. But Shinn apparently never told anyone with whom she was meeting.
A massive search and investigation began after her car was found with her keys and wallet still inside at the parking lot at the corner of East Main and North Dudney. The condition of Shinn’s 1976 Buick Special suggested that Shinn may not have been the person who left the car in the parking lot of what was then Smitty’s grocery store. While her wallet and keys remained in the unlocked car, her address book was missing. She has not been seen or heard from since that time.
Despite an intensive search at the time of her disappearance, and multiple public and private investigations, no remains were located and no arrests were ever made.
She was the daughter of the late Gresham and Mary Sue Shinn. The Shinns developed hotels throughout the region. She is survived by three sisters.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Columbia County Sheriff's Office