Shantelle Hudson was last seen on November 14, 1988, when she was 16 years old. She had gotten into an argument with her mother two days prior and walked out of their Dayton, Nevada, apartment around 7:30 in the morning. She disappeared shortly thereafter and has never been found.
Although the last time Shantelle’s mother, Lenan Garner, spoke with her daughter was on November 12, she was last seen two days later at a street dance in Dayton, NV on November 14. She was 16 years old at the time of her disappearance and weighed 120 pounds, stood 5’5″ tall and both her eyes and hair were brown.
Shantelle is of Native American descent and has a scar on her ring finger along with a birthmark at the base of her spine. She was born on July 31, 1972, and would be 47 years old today. The image above features an age-progression render of Shantelle at 41 years old.
The circumstances surrounding Shantelle’s disappearance are still clouded in mystery. Numerous reports have been filed that introduce various theories as to what happened 31 years ago.
There were two reported sightings of Shantelle approximately two months after she went missing although nothing substantial became of them. According to the local authorities, more than likely these were misidentifications.
According to police reports, Shantelle’s mother did not approve of the friends she was hanging out with, one of which may have been a boy she was seeing at the time. However, the identity of the boy—if any—was never revealed publicly. Her association with a boyfriend seemed to be purely conjecture.
After receiving an inquiry from one of Shantelle’s relatives, the police reopened the case 11 years later in 1999. However, there has since been no activity of her Social Security number and trying to find further information using her driver’s license has come up empty.
Lt. Jerry Pattison with the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is one of the detectives assigned to Shantelle’s cold case. “She has vanished off the face of the earth,” Pattison said. “At some point in your life as a runaway, you reconnect with people. She hasn’t even had social security activity.”
Pattison is working with the FBI, which has reason to believe that Shantelle’s disappearance is related to Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped at 11 years old around the same time that Shantelle and her family moved to Nevada from California. Dugard was held and used as a sex slave for 18 years before being rescued.