Real Name: Shannon Dale Verhage
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Cedar Springs, Michigan
Date: June 3, 1997
Date of Birth: June 15, 1996
Weight: 30 lbs.
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
Details: On June 3, 1997, Rachel Timmerman and her one year old daughter Shannon Dale Verhage vanished after going on a date with an unidentified man in Cedar Springs, Michigan. Rachel and Shannon vanished just three days before she was supposed to testify against a man named Marvin Gabrion, who had raped her in 1996. A few days after they vanished, prosecutors received a letter from Rachel instructing the to drop the charges against Gabrion. Then, on July 5, Rachel's body was found floating in Oxford Lake; she had been gagged and then thrown in the water alive, weighed down by bricks. Shannon was nowhere to be found.
Prosecutors confirmed that the letter sent to them was written by Rachel, however, they believe Gabrion forced her to write the letter and then killed her. Authorities soon discovered that Rachel and Shannon would not be the only people related to Gabrion to vanish. On the night of the 1996 rape, Gabrion was with a friend named Wayne Davis who was forced out of his car before Gabrion drove away and raped Rachel. Davis planned to testify at the trial but vanished around the time that Rachel and Shannon vanished. Then, another man who was associated with Gabrion, John Weeks, also vanished. Authorities believe that Weeks may have been the man that Rachel was going on a date with the day she disappeared. Finally, the fourth person who vanished that was associated with Gabrion was Robert Allen, a transient who vanished in 1997, whose identity has been used by Gabrion.
Suspects: Marvin Gabrion
Extra Notes: This case was featured on the April 10, 1998 episode. The case was also documented on FBI: Criminal Pursuit, which included dialog that hinted that Gabrion murdered Shannon.
Results: Unresolved. Gabrion was arrested in October of 1997 and was eventually convicted of Rachel's murder. He was sentenced to death. Wayne Davis's body was later found in an area near where Rachel was found. Gabrion is still currently the prime suspect in Shannon's disappearance as well as the other disappearances. Sadly, Shannon has never been found and police presume that she is deceased.
- Shannon Verhage on Unsolved Archive
- Webpage made by Shannon's Grandmother
- Shannon Verhage on the Charley Project
- NCMEC Missing Poster
- Date of vandalism has deep meaning for Rockford woman
- Marvin Gabrion's death penalty reinstated in 1997 killing of young mother