Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Sapphire Wiggins last talked to her sister October 15, 2014, and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Following that last call attempts to reach Sapphire on her cell phone have been unsuccessful.
Sapphire's car was still parked in front of her North new York Avenue home, and nothing seemed disturbed inside the residence. Sapphire is a single mother of a young son.
Three days later, Sapphire’s married boyfriend, 50-year-old Kevin Shelton, was found dead in Runnemede, Camden County after committing suicide. On Octber 17, the last day Sapphire was reported to have been seen alive, she and Shelton are said to have argued inside a car in Atlantic City. He is then reported to have left the area with Sapphire in his 2002 blue Porsche 911, driving outbound on the Atlantic City Expressway before getting off at a Hamilton Township exit. From there, Shelton is said to have driven into the area of Bridgeton and Hopewell Township, then into Elk Township in Gloucester County. After a return visit to Atlantic City that same night, Shelton is said to have driven a 2003 gold Ford Escape into Vineland the following morning. He ended his travels and his life hours later.
Shelton is reported to have told a family member that he "did something bad and that he was going to jail for a long time". The 50-year-old unemployed tile worker left behind plenty of clues that he killed his 22-year-old girlfriend, including a suicide note asking “may God have mercy on me,” and his Porsche with blood spatter indicating it was likely a murder scene, police said. Apparently, there was a violent struggle inside the car.
Foul play is suspected. Cumberland County authorities believe Sapphire's remains may be somewhere in Hopewell Township. Despite hundreds of hours of investigation and searching miles of possible locations, police still have not found the young Atlantic City mother’s remains.
Their phones led to Sanitarium Road in Bridgeton. Down the road is an unnamed pond in Hopewell Township, shared by three farms. At a spot on the water’s edge, a State Police cadaver dog indicated it had found a scent. Closeby police found a wig, which looked just like the one Wiggins was wearing the last day she was seen. They also found sunglasses with the same gold tips seen in surveillance video. There were other clues, including a casino voucher traced to Shelton’s player card and tire tracks indicating someone had driven there, making a U-turn where the wig and glasses were found. Searches of the pond that included marine police, sonar and helicopters didn’t find a body.
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Atlantic City Police Department
The Press of Atlantic City