Authorities Admit They’re Clueless In Missing Woman Case

RANSOM, Ill. (CBS) – No one has seen Tanya Shannon for almost two weeks. She vanished following a fatal crash near Ransom that killed her husband. Her footprints led away from their wrecked car. She’d left a holiday party wearing a red dress. As CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports, authorities admit they’re clueless.

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The LaSalle County Sheriff worries about the oncoming snow. It won’t make things any easier in the investigation into the disappearance of 40-year-old Tanya Shannon.

“Things have not progressed quite honestly, hardly at all,” said LaSalle County Sheriff Tom Templeton.

Tanya and her husband, Dale Shannon, were driving home from a Christmas party when their car spun off County Highway 6. Dale was killed. It appears his wife left the car and walked away.

Scores of searchers combed the snowy fields and ditches for miles around and found no trace of her.

“Most investigations, even planned crimes, there’s evidence that’s left behind,” said Templeton. “And here we have a crash site, and that’s all.”

Dale And Tanya Shannon: Car Crash

Dale Shannon was killed in a car crash over the weekend, and his wife, Tanya, is still missing. (Credit: LaSalle County Sheriff's Office)

The crash site and a few footprints in the snow.

The sheriff says four investigators continue to work the case, putting in long days and short nights. They have, he says, been tireless, and still no progress.

And the family waits.

“I can’t even imagine what it must be like to be those children who lost their father certainly, and possibly their mother, especially this time of year,” said Templeton.

It is possible that somebody out there has seen something or knows something that might help investigators solve this perplexing mystery. It may seem trivial to you, but authorities want to hear about it.

The Shannons have four daughters – ages 4, 7, 10 and 15.

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  • JeanSC

    I just sent an e-mail to “America’s Most Wanted” suggesting they do this story. It’s possible someone picked her up and it’s possible she has amnesia and neither know her family is missing her. There are many people “out of the loop” about much news.

  • Big D

    Someone knows mabey it was the honeybee killer.

  • Farmgal12

    It is also possible she was not in the car, husband was possibly the other car in which she could have been in, lost control. She panicked and fled.

    • GM

      What ?????

  • Betty Carter

    TO: Farmgal12. WHAT????

  • state trooper

    Its strange in this rear-end crash that the husband was killed and the wife survived,usually in these accidents the rear passengers and the front seat passenger usually are the ones killed or severly injured.

  • Patrick Ashe

    How can pepole hlep out and look for here>

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