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Rachel Timmerman with her Daughter, Shannon Verhage

Real Name: Rachel Timmerman
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Cedar Springs, Michigan
Date: June 3, 1997


Details: In 1996 in Cedar Springs, Michigan, Marvin Charles Gabrion raped Rachel Timmermann. Rachel planned to testify against Gabrion in the summer of 1997, but on June 3, 1997, Rachel and her infant daughter, Shannon were picked up by an unidentified man and disappeared. On July 5, Rachel was found brutually raped and murdered in nearby Oxford Lake. Police believed that Gabrion murdered Rachel in an ill-conceived attempt to keep her from testifying against him in his criminal activities. Gabrion was soon tied to the disappearances of three men. Wayne Davis, a friend of Gabrion, who was with him on the night he raped Rachel seemed to have vanished sometime during 1997. John Weeks, a friend of Rachel's who was later identified as the person that picked her and Shannon up on the day of their disappearance, vanished in June of 1997. Robert Allen, a transient from Grand Rapids whose identity was being used by Gabrion, vanished sometime during 1997. None of these people have been located and Gabrion is now wanted for Rachel's murder.
Suspects: Marvin Gabrion
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the April 10, 1998 episode. This case was also profiled on "FBI: Criminal Pursuit".
Results: Unresolved. Gabrion was arrested in July of 1998 and was convicted in the murder of Rachel Timmerman, and was later sentenced to death. The body of Wayne Davis was found in July 2002, and Gabrion remains the prime suspect. However, Shannon Verhage, John Weeks, and Robert Allen remain missing. Gabrion appealed his sentence and conviction, but it was upheld in 2006.

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