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Shannon Paulk

Could it be possible that these three cases are connected? Could they have been committed by the same person? Is there a serial killer he takes 11 year old girls from trailer parks in the August 15–19 time period, exactly two years apart? Investigators into each of the three disappearance are starting to question whether there is a pattern and if the three cases are connected. It appears that the same man may have committed the three crimes.

Shortly after America’s Most Wanted profiled the murder of Shannon Paulk, an AMW tipster came through with a great lead. She remembered an attempted abduction of a little 10-year-old girl from a trailer park in Lexington County, S.C. eight years ago: the man drove a grey pick-up truck with a toolbox, water cooler, and ladder in the back, and had a large mole under his right eye. Luckily, the little girl got away and was not harmed.

During this time, Shannon’s mother, Marie Paulk, received a phone call from a man who admitted to murdering Shannon. The man then proceeded to give graphic details of the different ways he had violated Shannon, and then how he killed her. Luckily, Marie played it cool and contacted Det. Furlong so the call could be recorded.

Det. Furlong traced the call to a hospital in Lansing, Mich. and worked with police there to discover the identity of the mysterious caller. They determined that the man did not kill Shannon, but was merely having fun by causing Marie emotional pain. Unfortunately, harassing a victim is a misdemeanor, so it hasn’t been determined yet how much of a punishment the man will get. Det. Furlong is in the process of lobbying for laws to be changed so that people cannot harass victims so freely.

One Bad Turn Leads To Another

Outgoing 11-year-old Shannon Paulk was used to wandering around her Candlestick Trailer Park neighborhood. She considered everyone in the community to be an extended part of her family, and would often go into her neighbor’s trailers to watch TV, grab a snack, and wait to greet them when they got home. To Shannon, no one was a stranger and everyone was a friend.

On August 16, 2001 Shannon finally met a stranger. At around 2:30 p.m., two of Shannon’s friends were on a walk through the trailer park, when they saw Shannon talking to an unfamiliar man. Nearby was a white, four-door car, with red clay mud on the back. They went up to talk to Shannon, but she didn’t introduce them to the newcomer, so they figured she didn’t really know him very well. The girls talked briefly, then parted ways. When Shannon’s friends passed by again half an hour later, Shannon, the mysterious man, and the car were all gone. Shannon was never seen again.

The strange man had a large mole underneath his right eye.
Never Knew A Stranger
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Police believe the mole underneath the suspect’s right eye could be the key clue to identifying him.

Local and federal police and neighbors formed “Shannon’s Task Force,” to help find Shannon. The two girls who saw the mysterious man talking to Shannon came forward and gave police the description of a man aged 35 to 45 years, about 5’11” to 6’0″ tall, with a medium beer belly, muscular hairy arms, and blond hair with gray streaks. A huge characteristic was a large, protruding mole underneath his right eye. Two mole hairs were growing out of the mole towards his nose.

After weeks of searching, Det. Robert Furlong of the Prattville, Ala. police department still had no new leads. Then, two months later, Det. Furlong got the call he had been dreading. Shannon’s body had been found in the woods, discovered by rabbit hunters.

The case had been upgraded from a missing child to a murdered child, and Det. Furlong was more determined than ever to find who did it. But a large amount of determination doesn’t necessarily lead to results. After a while, the leads dried up, and Det. Furlong felt no closer to solving the case.

On August 19, 2003, only a few days after the two year anniversary of Shannon’s disappearance, he sat down to watch the local news and became very alarmed. The newscast said that in Northport, Ala., only 45 minutes away from where Shannon disappeared, an 11 year-old girl went missing from her trailer park home. Heaven LaShae Ross left home after her older sister to walk the 100 yards to the bus stop. She never made it to the bus stop.

Heaven LaShae Ross

(Photo Of Heaven LaShae)

Heaven was a sweet little girl who loved to roam freely around the trailer park, and never knew a stranger.

Coincidence? (more…)
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Photo of Jeremy Alex (on left) playing the guitar

Jeremy Alex, then 28, disappeared from Northport (ME) on April 30th, 2004 and hasn’t been seen since. Jeremy was seen running down a rural road in Northport, Maine in a delusional state.

His father missing him dearly and has started the Jeremy Alex Fund with the purpose of helping at-risk kids. The Alex family has also offered a reward regarding Jeremy’s case.

Jeremy’s Disappearance has also been featured on a TV show called ”Disappeared” – Below is an article written and published by Bangordailynews about Jeremy’s Disappearance and the Tv show that was aired and can be watched on the internet website ‘YouTube’

NORTHPORT, Maine — Almost seven years ago, Jeremy Alex disappeared in the woods of Northport under mysterious circumstances.

Despite a $20,000 reward for information on his whereabouts, his family is still left with many questions, no answers — and no Jeremy.

They hope that a television program about him that airs Monday night on the Investigation Discovery channel’s series “Disappeared” will change that.

“There’s not too many things left to do that will spark an interest again,” his father, Ted Alex, said Friday from Portsmouth, N.H. where he lives. “We’re optimistic … Hopefully, somebody will call and give us some information.”

Jeremy, a landscape who was in the process of moving to Northport from Islesboro, was 28 when he last was seen running into the woods off Pound Hill Road the evening of April 24, 2004. Although the disappearance was treated initially as a missing-person case, his family believes that the man they describe as kind and a free spirit may have been murdered.

Deputies found Jeremy’s car nearby, but were unable to locate him. A search was mounted immediately, but nothing was found. After the public was notified that Jeremy was missing, a second witness recalled seeing a man who matched his description run across Route 1 near Northport Marine at about the same time. That area also was searched extensively, but nothing was found.

For years, there were no more reliable clues, Ted Alex said last week. But about 2½ years ago, Jeremy’s driver’s license surfaced at a home on the shore in Northport along with a story of missed opportunity.

In 2004, a Northport couple was building a house on the ocean, and about a month after Jeremy disappeared, money started washing up onshore. Workers found about $30 in all, according to Alex.

About two weeks after that, Jeremy’s driver’s license washed up, too.

The couple had a bowl on their coffee table that was filled with everything that had floated in on the tides, and they put the license and the money in that. They never made the connection to the missing man. After the husband died, friends came to a get-together after his funeral. A retired highway patrol officer saw the driver’s license in the bowl and remembered hearing about Jeremy Alex.

“He called the police,” Ted Alex said. “He ended up e-mailing me about it, saying ‘I have $30 of Jeremy’s money and his license,’ which was obviously really bizarre.”

The $20,000 reward, too, has led to nothing more tangible than rumors, he said.

He remembered his son as a nice guy who struggled with addiction but loved snowboarding, chess, music, gardening and Maine.

Anyone with information about Jeremy Alex should call Trundy at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office at 338-2040.

For more information, visit http://www.jeremyalex.com.
Link – http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/02/06/lifestyle/tv-show-to-air-about-maine-man-who-disappeared-in-2004/

Numerous leads and interviews have been conducted over the years with no resolution. The State Police continue their investigation. The case is considered a suspicious missing persons case.

Jeremy Alex was born April, 1976 (some reports claim he was born on April 8, while others claim April 24, 1976 as his birthdate) he would be turning 36 years old in 2012. He is described as a Caucasian male with brown hair, brown eyes, 5’7” tall and weighing approximately 155 pounds prior to his disappearance.

Alex smoked hand-rolled ciggerettes at the time of his disappearance and was last seen wearing an olive-green Timberland ‘hoodie, blue or brown jeans and sneakers.’

He also had a substance abuse problem in the years leading up to 2004 and may have been on some type of drug and disoriented on the day he went missing.

If you have any information regarding this cold case, please contact: Maine State Police, CID II, 36 Hospital Street, Augusta, Maine 04330, telephone (207) 624-7143.

You can also contact: Criminal Investigation Division with information regarding this murder. You may also report information about this crime using the online Report a Crime form.