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Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly

Real Name: Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: San Angelo, Texas
Date: July 4, 1988


Details: Shane Stewart and Sally McNelly seemed to be normal teenagers growing up in San Angelo, Texas, and began dating each other in the fall of 1987. However, they allegedly began dabbling and participating with a local Satanic cult in 1988. Sally's mother, Pat Wade, became concerned when Sally began sneaking out late at night. She called the parents of one of Sally's friends and found out that they may have been involved with a Satanic cult. Sally began attending ritualistic parties regularly, and on one occasion invited her friend, Helen. Helen became concerned when Sally appeared to have gone into a trance during the ritual. Helen decided to leave but was still concerned about her safety. Shane's father, Marshall, also noticed that he began changing. One time, he had gotten into a serious fight and was thrown in a river. Sally eventually called the police and claimed that the cult was involved in criminal activity. They gave authorities a gun that they claimed was involved in a robbery/murder. They apparently feared that they would be harmed by members of the cult. In June 1988, Sally called Helen and told her that they were afraid that they were going to be killed. On July 3, Shane received a phone call that Marshall believed was about money and the cult. However, Shane claimed that nothing was wrong. Then he and Sally mysteriously vanished on Independence Day, shortly after they attended a fireworks show. A witness reported seeing them at a park later that night, and saw a pickup truck approach them. The witness heard Sally say to its occupants that they did not want to be involved with "that" any more. This was the last confirmed sighting of them. Shane's car was found abandoned near Ocee Lake the next day. At first, authorities believed that they had ran away, but that changed four months later when their skeletal remains were found seventeen miles away, shot to death. Their families and authorities are convinced that the occult-type activities that they were involved in might have lead to their murders. To this day, the case remains unsolved.
Suspects: Members of the cult that Shane and Sally were involved with are believed to be suspects in their deaths.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the September 18, 1991 episode.
Results: Unsolved. In July 2014, the Sheriff's department indicated that the case has never been closed and that they had two major developments. It has been revealed that they have tracked down a person of interest to a foreign country. The remains of Shane Stewart have been exhumed for DNA purposes as per the new investigation.

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