Michelle Starkey: Woman missing from Shawnee FOUND

RIP Shelly – Facebook photo take July 2013

UPDATE 9/4/13 – Many have been asking about her dog.  The dog was kept by friend until Shelly’s family was able to come and get the dog, which will live with them.

UPDATE:  9/2/13 -According to the Find Shelley Starkey Facebook page:

“The worst news was confirmed yesterday. Shelly was found in north San Luis Obispo county in California. A passerby found her around 9:45 am. It appears no foul play was involved and she took her own life. I have really no other info than that as the Sheriff will return on Tuesday.”

Previous story:

Michelle “Shelley” Starkey, missing from Shawnee, Kansas since 8/5/13.  She may be driving her Kia Soul.

According to her mom:

Linda Starkey Norton

A short recap of what we know or supposedly know. Shelley’s last post on fb was Jul 25. The last anyone talked to her or had a text or message etc. was Jul 27. What was happening during the 9 days from Jul 27 until Augt 5…the last day she was seen?? When she left on Aug 5 she took her dog and Tannner’s ashes. Supposedly her cell phone pinged in WY, and the next day it pinged in the KC area. Can anyone add anything to this???
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26 Comments

  1. I would have hoped this site would be a helpful venue instead of a place for mean people to say things about people they don't know. i believe shelley's body was found in southern California.

  2. What an ugly thing to say! Having tattoos does not make someone a freak. I hope God will forgive you and bless you.

  3. I usually don't remove posts, because I believe that everyone should be able to say what they feel, but after learning more about Shelly and finding out how caring she was and how much she loved animals, I could not let the comment stand. I learned her teen son had died a few years back, and no one should have to go through that. A freak, no I don't think so. She was a human being doing the best she could. It made me sad to read there are people out there that see nothing but the cover. I can only assume that Shelly was very sad after her son died, maybe even sad enough to commit suicide. She was trying the best she could in this world, and that is all you can ask of someone, tattoos are not. So Shelley, I never knew you, but after learning more about you, your story made me cry.

  4. I knew Shelley, she was my friend. She was a wonderful person, with a big heart. She helped in animal rescue transport and would have given the shirt off her back to someone if they needed it. Some asked about her precious dog. Her dog is going to be cared for by a rescue until her family arrives this coming weekend to bring him back to Kansas. She loved her little dog, and made sure he was well cared for when she left this world. Her sense of humor was unmatchable, and she was very smart. She had not lived an easy life, but sure made her mark on this earth. I cannot even express how much she will be missed.

  5. Thank you for say that. all to often people who read these stories comment in the negative about them. We don't know how much pain she was in because of the loss of her son. I know because I lost my son as well, she just couldn't bear it all. I hope now she if reunited with her son and is finally happy.

  6. She was also a friend of mine. The negative comments had already been removed when I saw this. I'm glad I didn't see them. What her other friend said os spot on about her. She had a heart of gold and touched many hearts and lives, both 2 legged and 4. I'd also like to add that she was in physical pain from some health issues as well as the emotional pain from the losses in her life. It is unfair to judge until you have walked in her shoes. RIP my friend, you will always be loved and missed!

  7. Glad to know she is finally at peace in the company of her son and all those she loved who paved the way for her arrival. Does anyone have know what happened to her beautiful pooch?

  8. I didn't know Shelly but if she loved dogs that much, I know she had a heart of gold. As for her being reunited with her son..not sure how he died and sorry for that loss. I know many are hurting over this loss of life and I'm sure her dog is also hurting. You all have my sincerest sympathies and I truly mean that. On another note and I do not mean to be rude but realistic. I don't mean to tread upon broken hearts so please don't shoot the messenger. I'm not sure if you all walk with the Lord but suicide is an unforgivable sin. Our bodies are not our own: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) 19 “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” It truly is the Lord's body and we have no right to take it. Please understand I only say this to cause you all to think. We really do have major hurts in our lives but Jesus really is there to help us through them. We just have to get on our knees and tell Him everything going on every time. Yes, He already knows, but He's waiting for us to come to Him and let Him know we trust Him to handle it all. We have to remain steadfast in this and not be swayed to the right or to the left. It's a very straight and narrow path. Please hear my heart on this. To think they are now together may not be what you hope for. Jesus said, “I will have mercy upon whom I will have mercy,” Romans 9:15 I truly hope He did. But chances are she perished. Please consider this for your own lives and turn your lives over to Jesus. He's very real and He will talk to you just as if He was standing in the room with you, or in a whisper, in a dream, vision, through His word (bible) or through one of His servants as He's doing now through me. Please believe me that I'm sorry for your loss. I hope you don't remove this comment as hard as it may be not to. I'm not judging anyone just feeding you the word of God. (bible) Jesus is the Word of God and the Word of God is Jesus. John 1:1 and John 1:18 I encourage you to leave this comment up so others may also know the truth. We do not belong to one another, we are only here for a short time. Everyone belongs to God and He does what His word says He will do. “God is not a man that He should lie.” Numbers 23:19 ” “It is but once to die and then the Judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

    “Let every man be a liar and God be the only truth.” Romans 3:4

    God bless you all. Again, please don't be angry with me. This is about waking people up to the truth. God is very real and He means what He says. Please examine your own lives. Forgive everyone everything so that your sins may also be forgiven. Matthew 6:12 part of the Our Father..I'm not Catholic. I know the word of God.

    God bless you. Please be at peace in Jesus name, Amen.

  9. Final note: We will all have to stand before God one day and give an account of our lives. We were put here to glorify God through Jesus Christ and that is the only reason. Everything else is the enemy leading people astray.

    Ephesians 2:10
    “For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

    Psalm 100:3
    “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

    For people who don't obey the Lord:

    “For this is a people without understanding; so their Maker has no compassion on them, and their Creator shows them no favor.”

    We are not saved by good works. Millions of people are good and do great works but we are only saved by grace but we must live in righteousness and holiness before a holy God.

    http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/bible-verses-about-holiness/

    God bless

  10. You may very well be right, preacher. But what about the hundreds of us who have been praying for her safety and her soul for nearly a month? Those of us who have been worrying ourselves sick and crying ourselves to sleep every night over the grief and worry for her safety and her soul. I really. don't think the Lord would forsake. hundreds of us.

  11. I am so sorry to hear of Shelly's passing. My condolences to her family & friends and may her 4 legged friend be surrounded with the love he needs as animals have pain and feelings. Rest in peace Ms. shelly♥

  12. And AMEN to that my friend !! I could not agree more !! The God I know is a compassionate God and especially loves those that champion his voiceless children, animals & humans alike ! He will have Shelley wrapped in the arms of the Angels along with all the precious souls that she saved & helped along the road XX Sleep tight Shelley XX I didn't know you but I KNOW you xxx

  13. First of all, this is not the forum to preach. Secondly, where do yo u get off in emphasizing suicide is unforgiveable sin. There are many paths to god. The family and friends are posting about the loss of a wonderful person. If u are so knowledgable about the bible u would know that god does not judge others but it is the relationship u have with god. This relationship is unique to that individual. You should apologize for posting a heartless post.

  14. Many wonderful things written about the loss of this compassionate caring woman who helped many. she will be missed. Dont waste time or energy responding to the religious lunatic. God has a special spot waiting for them when they die. Its called Hell.

  15. This really wasn't the time nor the place to be posting thoughts about suicide and God ..Im a Christian and was raised to have faith and to depend on GOd and to go to him for all things but as far as the suicide thing you're being very judgemental and no one knows what frame of mind this girl was in and I do not believe suicide keeps you out of heaven ,anyway that's not even the point this was definitely not the time to say stuff like this knowing people are grieving and are in enough pain sure didn't need to add to their hurt or givng them the idea they may never see that person again.

  16. just like he has a special spot for anyone who doenst accept him but again this wasn't the place to be voicing religious beliefs espedcially since someone lost someone special to them

  17. Look Rev! You know nothing of Shelley. Your comments are unwarranted and unwelcomed. God is a God of love and forgiveness. He is the final judge! yes everyone one will give account of their sins, that means you too buddy, but not everyone one will “perish”. God makes those decisions and not your interpretation of what God's words mean. The bible also said to be absent in the flesh is to be present with the Lord. Argue that one my friend. I know that God has his hands around her. If you believe in God then you know this to be fact!!

  18. Of course, you marked your comment as “anonymous”. I didn't know this woman, but transport rescue pets through the same organization…anyone who loves God's creatures as much as she did is doing the Lord's work here on earth. She will be greatly missed and impacted the world in a big way.

    Second, your brand of Christianity is why the entire world is turned off to it–you judge and you preach, yet you forgot that the Lord is first and foremost MERCIFUL. He saved you, didn't he? And you completely misinterpreted the Word, which is sick and a giant SIN in and of itself–look up James 2:10 and commit it to memory before you start preaching AT people again. I get so angry at people who want to tell you that suicide is this, or suicide is that–God looks at the heart of us and judges us based on that–not the mistakes we make here in the physical world. And we should all be thankful for that!

    God bless the friends and family of Shelley. She left a big impression in her short time here.

  19. I'm just now finding out about Shelley's passing. I took this photo. She is sitting in my Odyssey. That is Teddy that I was delivering to her & she was driving to Topeka, Ks I believe with him. She was a very nice woman. Such a good & kind person. My sympathies to those who knew and loved her.

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