UPDATE: 5/4/14 – In a surprising turn of events that I have not seen before, it appears that authorities who thought they had found the Shannon’s body were wrong. According to Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous on Thursday, he said it appears the body is not Shannon’s, but further testing is still needed.
Will this is going to be a bit troublesome because they have already charged Bradley with her murder. This turn of events must may botch up the case so severely that he may not be charged with a thing when Shannon is found.
Bradley is staying in jail and is still charged with Shannon’s murder and it looks as though as a second homicide investigation has been opened up and Bradley is a suspect in that case as well.
Also, we have clarification from DA Ben David that the reason that Bradley was released from prison after the conviction for killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter 1988 was because when he was conviced in 1990 he was elgible for parole after 20 years. The law was changed in 1994, so this will never happen again. I just wish the law had been retroactive.
A search was conducted by CUE in a wooded Wilmington area where three other missing persons were discovered. Allison Jackson Foy, Angela Rothen and Priscilla Rogers were all found nearby.
UPDATE: 4/30/14 – According to authorities, Shannon’s body was found in a wooded area past the Castle Bay Neighborhood on April 29. Dental records will have to be checked to make a positive confirmation.
Police think that James Bradley, 51, may have caused Shannon’s death. He was arrested at a traffic stop in Wilmington. He has been charged with first degree murder, and back in 1990 he was convicted for first degree murder from an incident in 1988, and was sentenced to life in prison. But, guess what, he was paroled in February. If you are given life in prison, how to you qualify for parole? Maybe the court system and Judge would like to pay for Shannon’s funeral.
Previous Story: Shannon Rippy Vannewkirk, 54, was last seen about 7 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at The Husk bar, 31 S. Front St. in Wilmington, N.C.
She was preparing for her birthday weekend by getting a tan and a new haircut.
Her family left presents for her birthday at her home on 2. 5th Street. When they went back on Monday, the presents were still there and Shannon was no where to be found.
On April 21 the police stated new information in the investigation have led them to believe that Vannewkirk may have been harmed. Police did not say what that new information was.
“We don’t say it lightly. It is something that our investigators feel strongly about that foul play was involved at some point or another in her disappearance,” said Linda Rawley with the Wilmington Police Department. Police are still following leads and searching for any information that will lead to her whereabouts.
Vannewkirk is 5’5” tall, 105 pounds, has reddish brown hair and brown eyes. She has a tattoo of a butterfly on her left shoulder.
You can pick up flyers to pass out at Harper’s Restaurant, Delphina Dos at 5 Water Street.
Anyone with information on Vannewkirk’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3600.