North American Missing Persons Network
Dina Michele Shoemake

Above Image: Shoemake, circa 2000

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 19, 2000 from Latexo, Houston County, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 12, 1967
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Dark brown
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Curly hair. Double
    pierced ears, tattoo of a "unicorn" standing on a "cloud"
    with a "rainbow" over the top on right leg, crooked
    upper and lower teeth.
  • Clothing: Blue Rocky Mountain jeans, a blue v-neck
    t-shirt, black belt with silver conchos on it, and blue
    knee-high riding boots.
  • AKA: "Sissy"
  • NCIC Number: M-050443601
  • Case Number: HCSO: 000133RW; DPS: M0306012

  • Details of Disappearance
    Shoemake was last seen in Latexo, Texas on January 19, 2000, nd has not been heard from since by friends, family, or her children.
    Shoemake had reportedly gone over to her ex-husband's home to help set up a Nintendo game system she had purchased for her children for Christmas.
    Dina's boyfriend, whom she lived with at the time of her disappearance, reported her missing when she didn't return after several hours.
    Curtis Shoemake told investigators that his ex-wife had left the property with someone in a dark green, 1990s model Chevrolet extended-cab truck with Texas license plates, leaving her own personal vehicle at his home.
    Prior to this event, Dina had made several 9-1-1 calls regarding her ex-spouse.

    Some time after her disappearance, several pieces of Dina's jewelry that she wore daily, as well as jewelry that she had borrowed from other people turned up in a local pawnshop.
    The officer who worked the case reported that the name recorded on the pawnshop purchase tickets of the person who sold the jewelry was Curtis Shoemake.
    Thus he became a person of interest in this case. Although it has never been proven that Curtis Shoemake had anything to do with Dina's disappearance and possible demise, Curtis Shoemake was charged with Possession of an Illegal Firearm for a sawed-off shotgun that was found in his possession.
    He was offered several deals, including an option that would mandate he would take a lie detector test about Dina's disappearance; however, Curtis reportedly refused the polygraph and did time in the federal penitentiary.

    After her disappearance, the Texas Rangers were called in as well as the Department of Public Safety Special Crime Scene Team and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Special people search teams and cadaver dogs have also been utilized.
    In 2005, working from a promising tip, the Houston County Sheriff's Department dug up a portion of the foundation to a building on property known as Lost Lake Lodge on CR 1614 in Grapeland. There was and still is a strong belief by many that Shoemake is buried somewhere on that property.
    An X-ray machine was used by law enforcement to search the property, but nothing was found. Several other properties in the area have also been investigated.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Houston County Sheriff's Office
    (936) 544-2862
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    (800) 346-3243
    (512) 424-5074

    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    Houston County Life