25-year-old Shelton Sanders had everything going for him. He was about to graduate from the University of South Carolina in the coming months. Shelton had big career aspirations and the talent to match. At the time, Shelton lived with his family in Rembert, SC, and would make the 45-minute commute back and forth to school and work in Columbia each day. On June 19th, 2001, Shelton left home to attend classes and work his part-time job at the university. After work, Shelton and a friend were looking at hotels for a friend’s upcoming bachelor party. Shelton was supposed to be the best man at the wedding. The two went to three different hotels, and the friend said that Shelton dropped him off at his home and then left to drive back home to Rembert. After that, it was like Shelton and the vehicle he was driving vanished into thin air. By the following day, Shelton’s family was alarmed when they realized he hadn’t made it home. This was not like Shelton. Concerns quickly turned to the possibility of an accident during Shelton’s commute home late at night. But nearly two years later, after discovering the car Shelton was driving, this case took a completely different turn.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Shelton Sanders, please contact the Richland County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 576-3000 or the Shelton Sanders information hotline at (803) 427-4209. There is currently a $25,000 reward being offered.
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years and years and years later by air
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those coming back in june of two thousand one. Twenty five year old Shelton sanders had everything going for him, he was
I to graduate from the university of south carolina in the coming months. He had big career aspirations and the talent to match at the time, Shelton was living with his family in rembert south carolina and would make the forty five minute commute back and forth to school and work in columbia each day,
on june nineteenth two thousand one shelton left home to attend classes and work is part time jobs at the university. He purchased some flowers any plan to give to a woman later, and then
To a friends house, the two were going to look at hotels, fur friends, upcoming bachelor party shelton was going to be the best man at the wedding shut
plans fell through with his friend, but another mutual friend stepped up to accompany. Shelton
two went to three different hotels and the friends said that Shelton dropped him off at his home and then left to drive back to remember after that
it was like Shelton and the vehicle he was driving vanished into thin air,
by the next morning, shortens family was alarmed when they realise that he had made at home.
Was not like Shelton concerns quickly turned to the possibility of an accident during shortens commute home late at night.
But nearly two years later after the discovery of the car that Shelton was driving, this case quickly took a different turn, I'm marisa and from wondering this episode. Three hundred and twenty eight of the vanished Shelton Sanders story
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The thing about Shelton Sanders is that he wasn't the type of person that anyone ever expected to disappear.
he was reliable and thoughtful of others. He was known to phone home throughout the day to let his family no his plans and when they could expect him to be home, he
I want them to worry
Chopin was the second afford children born to william and Peggy sanders there.
Three sons and one daughter will vary
we'll very it was just eleven years old when her brother disappeared, but one
she grew up. She was determined to find answers for her brother,
will vary, told us about her memories of Shelton. Shelton was my middle brother. He was
the metal boy. He
the father figure to me
He always made sure that I learned how to cook he wanted
sure that I started
again at an early age. I was only eleven years old when he went missing, though he would
how to do the lime tree. He wanted to make sure
that I was pay for the world as a young lady, he made sure
that I had my study well as the elementary food it. He was my protector
he was the provider.
the family measure that we ate three mill:
the day at our. How could the grass for my bad inside
My mom, I can just remember you know a lot of things that my parents needed done around the house. He was always there. If he wasn't.
school or working, he was
here in the house. Doing things form my other siblings
well being his youngest the boeing. My old,
brother one year older than Shelton an
the brothers five years younger than gentlemen, I'm actually fifteen years younger than shelter. He was just happened
indicate, keep me align not too strict, but wanted to make sure that
I was doing the right thing at all times, so he was the most
It's your person in my life, incredible outgoing.
Already thought her mouth out go in
Then the family actually mama his friends and family right after he got
waited from high school and he went on to pursue his bachelors agree at usc, be graduated from hillcrest high school and then
same the he started. You'll see he would love
friends and family target.
ok and gotten a study that he was the fact the graduate
in December, two thousand and one he was of finance
cowboy sandalwood dallas fan
here. He was just sharing his love,
with the family
What I remember my brothers is funny
carrying loving gentle
kind hearted spiritual with
church was involved with the community activity.
with all its eighty. He were going to school for information technology to give it that was a very bad
The I'm website called fan.
That com I were here
his love for computer and working on computers. His dream was
graduate into doubt. No one with information technology degree have it all successful business
get married and have children, he was
employed at the system's manager at the university school medicine. So he wanted to continue that pursuit of,
continuing to work there and also happens on consulting business with information technology, though he was
working there as a student hurry. We
I spoke to one of shortens, closest friends, Brian, who told us how they met in a little bit about shelton from a friend's perspective, man
and we went to the same high school, how hillcrest
school and sumter south carolina
as we met shelton through another friend of mine, a prime I throw a great year, so they
for in a bad proposal
like I wrote it and start hanging out with shelton till we got to get out, though
You know we stayed in the same dorm
Can I notice how like a meticulous guy is right, like he brought everything
from a whole, not within his room like here
brought that took out the window.
organ about like some mighty who makes things
the wrong. I mean I was pretty much him by those
broad. I mean everything from curtains to fly.
Rest and, like
comfortable chair with almost like a recliner, so I you know, I always thought that was pretty pretty cool of self then and how he
is brought home to school keys like a cook,
when it when I say like his hobbes, when you got my hobby
I mean he was wine to coax, are like he'd, always gotta everybody out further cookouts
he always be the wine. I was gonna beyond the grill yeah,
Why do I hang out having a good time trying to get everybody together? Will you
a bad, maybe goin alike. On day trips are stopped. My bat like use the main more say, may look, let's get together
Let's go to myrtle beach out for a concert or something like that: music, he loved music
didn't. He always had the newest music, the old school music, also computers to in his heart the computers.
I guess, waiter, or like years down the line when the computers really started to ramp, be really started to get into that visa. He loved the computer. Do you know what he's too
go back with. You know just doing something in a computer field
started, making wet by then in us. A website designs are used to talk about that alone,
and his group of friends were at a pivotal time and their young adult hoods.
They were finishing school starting careers and families brain
we're getting married in the summer of two thousand one and shelter
was going to be as best man in the wedding june nineteenth two thousand one started out like any other tuesday for Shelton. He
The commute from rambert to colombia to attend classes and work at his job at the university Shelton
as a systems manager at the department of neuro psychiatry and behavioral science at the medical school
One thing that was different about that day was that shelton car was in the shop, so he was driving his brothers nineteen. Eighty eight oldsmobile regency instead of his own car after shelton, was done at school he applied
with a friend to go check out some hotel rooms in and around colombia, for the upcoming bachelor party
we'll very walked us through which she knows about the day her brother disappeared on. You, like,
he left home that morning to attend school, his class parttime class and part time work. He left his job that afternoon
and went directly to his plan was to plan a bachelor party for his best friend that he known since high school. They all went to you
he together, along with other free
that were out there. Aren't you afraid some other met
high school, some of them met shelton, and you seem, though his plan was
reserve rooms after he left work.
went to one of the mutual friends house, because
Surely one of the other guy
The group was supposed to call was shouting to read.
the rooms he had already told Shelton an event that I'll ride with you to go
reserved around well after he got to this mutual friend.
Health and colombia, the mutual friend
that I can't ride with you shelton, because my girlfriend is coming over change of plans so that he could come well might Richardson had
up, maybe thirty, forty five minutes after Shelton arrive at this
for in house what ricky someone
the french, when he met in college tat, was like while uneven,
Do you have to come with me my register?
a volunteer himself to go was shown to reserve the bachelor party rome's so market,
You know I'll go with you and he said well. I have to hurry up because I'm driving my brother's car shall
dropping his car, that particular damage caused in the shop you even our younger brothers car, which is the one
younger than him. He call markka he nuclear
hurry up and plan the world. You know reserved a room, so he can get back home to remember whichever toxin reporting
so our drive to come back home. He said o K Mart told him I needed.
Back home to change my workload? Can you meet me at my house? So shall live said? Ok, I'll lead.
which, in other mutual friend how and I'll, come over to your house to pick you up. So they both left that house and shut
followed marked to his house. Marking
close and based on his statement
He said that shuttle role with him well on his way to mark how shelton made a phone call to our house, though
and several calls to our other brother just to let him know hey I'll, be bringing their car home. I just need a start will serve in the room for the best le party in the now bring your car right back in my brother, my the brother actin hello,
Are you going to be home within the next two hours and he said yeah? He said just in case. If I need to use my car, how long is it gonna take for you to get back
he said I ll- be humped within the next two hours. That was around eight forty that,
I talked to my mom and my brother, and he told my mom that he'll be coming home soon, there's going to be late, but he'll be coming home.
shovels. Family had no idea at the time
This would be the last time they would ever hear from Shelton
through this time there was one more call on shortens phone this.
The call between shelton and mark brown, ninety seven, which was record ash
lastly, I call another seven and I believe that this was prior to them. Arriving at the first hotel
had it been egmont riches house before they left. He makes up on how to mark riches
nine or seven p m, and he said that he had Shelton took
his phone because he had lost his phone. We know that
This point shelton was still alive and well because they were seen at three different hotels to book rooms for the bachelor party. The play
was to book a few different rooms check out the hotels and then the group
guys would decide which reservation to keep for the party based on which hotel they like the most at night
and thirty two.
Shall. We made a reservation at widely in amity.
clear if Shelton, roadway, mark or mark road was shelton marriages.
The saying that not all road with him, but
You know later I did it look like martin
We shall consult on clear based on the fact that the evident quo
arrive all we know for sure, since we had the receipt hotel receipts that Cheltenham mark right
arrive at wisely and sweet.
Can we rode in colombia the reserve, a room and at night
the wine he made her.
Duration at the embassy sweep ungrateful boulevard in colombia. Approximately around ten p m
ten forty five year they from want richest a statement
We arrived at residents in
and then after they left residents in an around.
They were on their way back to mount richardson's house to drop him back up at his house. That's what might represent a stating the solana
reserved three rooms. He saying
shut me and he went back to his
files on olympia, avenue in colombia and he's
that he had chosen to come inside of his house. Eighteen hang up were a little bit
told him that he couldn't than he had hurry up and get back to the home to crop up his brothers car. So he said okay well with him.
see you later and he said that Shelton had left his house and approximately around eleven thirty? That was it
mark says that shelton left to return to his home, but
two never made it by the following morning. His parents were concerned. It wasn't like shelton to not show up when he said he would you
always known to call them and let them know if he had a change of plans
we'll very explained how they jumped into action to try to find shelton.
My father was a magistrate judge in the center county. At the time he was a magic
for eighteen years. My dad on June twentieth woke up.
I shall always in here the early
that morning before they. My parents went to work. He asked my brother had you
have you seen shouting? Have you had the returning your car anything from them and they will like no. The last time we heard from him was last night for my dad.
The call to the front accountable,
the parliament to see there was any reported accident
or anything the hospital registry of Shelly nothing. They told me
They could make a plea for a misinformation report until forty eight hours on june. Twenty. Second, my dad made the official police report
official incident report have been missing and my bad pretty much
Most of the leg work. I'm in eight of the report
but my dad took action on his own telling my brother to start making.
that was shot and try to start calling on them to find out. What
with a laugh purchasing was shouting and manner that they see him in her. You know I'm his activity on june. Nineteen enimont
and started call another hospital jails. My mom,
school and his job, the universe is called a medicine. His supper
called here to say, shall never miss their work.
What's gone on, he's poster report to work so
it was unlike him to miss work so that all occurred on june.
June twenty first june. Twenty second, my brother started contact, you shot was fired.
when Shelton brothers started calling around one person they contacted was Brian, he told
about that day.
Forget it was, I would say no,
at my my neighbour's house, we
just got a bit not by the poorest hanging out. He went missing
better use. Data brother call me that friday,
you know have you seen selden late last night,
You know, and I think your connection
couple of days
because here we had seen him since tuesday. I okay, well, you know
call to one of my other friends out of ghana will
to go, and I just gotta hang out whatever that Canada
Go hang out are called down there,
I say: hey man, you know when's the last time a thing show and he like not shown we go. We get other day.
now when we found out that he was without more, which is one of our other friend. They figure they left.
You gotta go in qatar.
plan a bachelor party for you and so on,
I found out. I was through his brother.
Shovels family didn't know that he had been with mark richardson on the night of his disappearance, but that
but they began hearing from all of shelters, France being there
I was part of the same friend group, a shelton. The family figured that he would be eager to help them search or at least
give them more information about what transpired that night, where
they go did Shelton seem ok. Where was he heading when they went their separate ways shout
Father was shocked by marks tone during their first interaction. They all said,
What would you say was the last person thing was shouting so ban
They gave my
had a brother. What would you say?
I'll phone number. My dad instructed
the brother devise revenge ever instructed him to contact mont. Reducing immortal.
I we went to gophers our bachelor party rooms, and I haven't seen him since he, after that he dropped me back off at my house, or we came back
hausa, he told me he had come back home. The drive your car up. That's what he told me how the brain
mainly on june twenty fifth, my dad instructed my brother to make contact with me.
as he said, that he was the last person thing within my dad.
Called an act mark. You know my name
I'm talking to say: hey, we just don't wanna, be
Are you sure you know interrupt anything? We just want to find out what happened is shown. We were told that you were the last person scene with him
and he immediately got nasty with my dad and he said I have to tell you. I got damn thing
And he told my dad you're, you are a fucking judge. I don't have to tell you. Nothing
if all know accorded by the law,
and got in involved
put a I'm recording device on our house phone to record any calls coming in just in case somebody may have called for information about your whereabouts, so it
my dad out. On june twenty fifth told my dad. He had to tell him a goddamn thing and my dad out of fear for him hanging up on him. He just said well. Can we talk to you another time where you he said you don't have the
watch me in that type of marriages, shovels, parents and civilised.
concern about it whereabout then we just highly
for you to help us and he said that he, he wasn't gonna say anything are helpless financial.
his attitude was an immediate red flag for shelton's. Father
still seem like normal behaviour for a friend.
mark seem too quickly have a change of heart in the days that followed by dagger
I would have on june. Twenty first reading
still havent heard anything. It's gone on for days, nothing from shown for my dad instructed the next day on doing so
six. My dad acts, my boy
their given to reach out somewhat reduced and again that morning, to see
we can try it again to see if you gotta fill. You knock yourself out. My dad
also inform law enforcement that he had made
with Margaret you said he was the last person single shovel.
He would me from assistance because of the way, the manner that might read you. Some were talking to my dad on you,
when he feared he said I mainly law enforcement assistance, because then they went ashore, how
going to react well on june. Twenty six will my day off the mark richardson. He said
We just want to find shelton. We
really need your help and he said sure Mr Santer, but this onto another place-
she had a change of behaviour. My dad said he
hurt him out or
I think he said shaking his head.
I can help you find shouting or in a cooperate with you. My dad
can you help me over the events that took place? If I can do better than that, his wrath income,
with your house and my dad.
that will do you know where we live, and he said I ve been to your house for several times
Oh yes, I will highlight how, but how long would it take for you to get our how they set about thirty minutes feldman?
for my dad, made contact with law enforcement again to say: hey now, Margaret assembled,
had come our house king. I wanna you're deputy, come out to assist us here and then fell
Would you say maybe arrived been thirty forty five minutes later to our house
He came in the house and told my parents, you know he just won over.
again he saw him are shouting reserve rooms after he got up work
Shovelled and came back to his house on olympia avenue. I shall tell him that he had to go home go back home.
return, his brothers car and that's all he would say
and he said that's all. I know so that when a deputy law enforcement came over to the house, they had a private com.
station and our liberal and
he told the law enforcement officer and the deputy that came to our house. He told my till the law enforcement look at which shone has looked at this house
He live in felton always give
thing that he wants. So that's what he said for law enforcement,
The time he said wherever the car. Wherever shuttle carry this, where the body is this,
by mark strange behaviour. There was also a lot of concern early on that shelton had gotten into some sort of accident driving home from colombia since he had left a late in the evening of the nineteenth, and it would have been dark sure market
last person to see him, but if Shelton plan to drive home something as simple as an accident could have occurred during his drive, the vehicle shelton was driving was also missing. Brian told us that this is what he thought. It happened when he heard that Shelton was missing ya
they start Chopin was
on the side of the road somewhere. Only because I knew had the way skydrive, ok,
it's. When we first found out, he was nothing I may never. We did like. We drove
we buy a sound on the part of the road. I mean it's like you all,
the brightest grown up. Is the miller that summer time
he's on the road side of the road. We won't be anything and get out of the treaty and all of that
that we rode. I mean we rode his rau several times
really looking and clinging word. We thought
where he could have possibly went off on the part of the road, so
with time and never thought anything out, and I think that a lot of people say it was a nice.
Somewhere coming home, I'm not the one
stretch of a highway that he has to take to come home and if he goes the back way, it's a lotta country, roads and stuff back there. So that was always my thinking.
Brian. Wasn't the only person who considered this outcome a strong possibility authority?
and challenge. Family also searched along shouts, possible routes, home thea, ground and aerial searches, but they
turn up any trace of shelton or the white oldsmobile that he was driving authority
also considered the possibility that shortens disappearance could be linked. Was fathers work as a local magistrate of the measure
some county and our own local jurisdiction emma? He did like not civil actual, like sweden tickets, that by that I think we re small claims core over
some five thousand dollars. You wasn't no big
criminal law of january, that that was the latter's rover, allowed a rover in the beginning,
This led went nowhere in their didn't seem to be any reason for shortens family to believe that he was involved in any high risk activities or that anyone had a reason to harm him.
nothing out of the ordinary we ve been in kind
I put the witnesses and his point that he's been friends were since high school, and they do. You know all say that
There was nothing there. Chopin was involved then or lesson that Shelton was worried about that will cause any harm to him or com.
Many china endanger led to any one else. I'm shelton was
It is really about
and with his fine thing out this morning on the weekend, then family
kid that was it.
He wasn't any any type of illegal activity or
was around anybody that he thought that was
behind him- and so
parents are not aware of any thing
with us in limbo? Softer eliza pointed to my parents are good,
course. I will only eleven years ago but, to my mind,
He never said that
thing to them back.
concerned of anyone, carbon him any harm. You know he was living a very happy life. You can't,
my parents two or three times a day, hey I made at the school and made to work
I'm on the way home shelton was full of life
no reason why we was suspect any bad things.
to him on june. Nineteen.
They turned to Shelton's financial records to see if they would yield any clues
had shelton used his cards after the time he had. Reportedly left marks home on the evening of the nineteenth one of us,
Let's having on him guards with atrium machine gun
were around Shapiro. He wished.
monday at enforce acres. He also
to the people
the glee. What role will drive
in colombia, and made a transaction
local people illegally logged forces, were they.
To retreat that he also bought the flowers but useful skip to a girl that day
so the last transactions that he had, though
the transactions that actually were approved that he purchases, so there were a hold affected.
Behold I want to say at fifty dollars
in there another one like a hundred dollars at the three hotels.
Those were just hold because they were gonna too
which hotel was best hosting
that, together for he was holding the reservations about, were also transactions that were pending the hotels they
the whole. Because I get you know, actual law enforcement went there and home that virtually listen. They cancel the reservation
Unfortunately, all the transactions were from before the time that Shelton disappeared. However,
They do give us a picture of children's day. He was doing regular things, making small purchases at a grocery store, buying flowers for someone he was interested in and then those reservations for the hotel rooms for the bachelor party, Shelton father kept up with a search efforts to find a sun day, or
He was doing everything he could possibly think of to uncover anew led for my dad did, but jordi of the search and efforts
He would go out to kill
every by one and two
clock in the morning and searching everywhere in colombia. My dad,
Oh, my god, my dad was in colombia every single day searching I all day I was out
my there will be the house five, the clock in the morning
see my dad told by the next day.
Out in the woods feel come about
for our military, so he had military men. They were dressed
into their military, uniform searching ground, and that cannot be
Of doors act in that they feel you know with pictures there
my dad and really burnt out, because my daddy therefore, like five six
we're the beginning for my bag,
my dad did majority of the searching on his own
that'll be lakes.
River helicopter. They did helicopters medea roll on health happened. Lookin
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My dad was in ditches,
in this case, seem to go cold. The lad,
if the person he was with had acted a little shady, but there was no evidence that anything sinister had occurred. That night, maybe Shelton had just driven off the road on the way home from columbia, but then
the two years later there was a major break in the case they found.
The car and it wasn't crashed along shortens route home. It was simply abandoned in an apartment parking lot in colombia inside
they found sharon's book bag. With his schoolbooks, a newspaper data jus nineteenth two thousand and one and two
flowers a he had purchased to give to a young woman, it was almost
like they discovered a time capsule from that fateful day that Shelton disappeared.
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Suddenly finding shelter car nearly two years after he had gone missing and
all other search efforts had turned up. Nothing was a shock to everyone.
we'll very told us more about how shows car was eventually found in what they discovered inside,
years later, shelters, com
was found at the party complex and sparkling road?
They didn't find it until until a dispatch was setting
The were county of sheriff department for noise, disturbance at the green briar apartment,
when they are called in the life, is to take great number one.
Car wasted in air. They never was. It was linked to a missing persons report for the past two years, so when they found the car two thousand and three
the things that were in the car, like a bag set of flowers that he was supposed to take
a young lady, that's particular day, and the
eight newspaper was in mere dated june nineteen, and that was
that was the only thing that was in the car they wanted,
Can the trunk nothing within the trunk? Nothing believes that
everything that was in their belonged to my other brother, which was his car, but for Shelton the wily that he must have had
because he was wearing a day. All of that was on his person, the keys, the cell phone.
It was all on his person
question that everyone was asking was how long had the carbon at this apartment. Complex investigators said that it appeared to have been there a long time, perhaps the whole time that Shelton had been missing. The condition of the car tyres that tire port in the scene it, but the girl blackfriars more
the oil had leaked out of the car. It was just sitting there. Nobody had
with bitter. Anyway, it was just sitting
so they disappeared it with their two years, though, the car was part towards the back of the apartment,
like hell? You go in airports from it's kind of weird, like gold,
a big hole circle and the marriage by political alleyway were second another section of it. It was factor
near him way where there is a lot of trees, and so, of course,
equally hidden. Could it's not my fault
or indeed partly complex? Were we
into a you see everything I know open this apartment complex more with circular template.
You first come in you, you can go, laugh or even go right. If we go along
you can go around in a circle. We go right.
Go around and half of the circle,
take another turn and then go to rest of the apartment complex. So it's kind of like a little twist,
turn up in there. They could
then they went back. Google search may sit out their different dispatches to go out to search indifferent
the complex and how'd you develop in that they missed. It is back in a port, they could see life
it blended. In with the rest, the cars the man
less than one that parliament said that he reported the car that it was sitting there
because they had changed their managements like three or four times during that period.
It was ignored
nobody did anything about it. Is that their then so annoyed? The service was called on April, twenty
two thousand three thanks guys
drinking outside and play allow music. I believe they were sitting on my brother's car.
Brian had originally believed that Shelton had been in some sort of accident and was never found.
He told us of the discovery of the car was a complete shocked to him.
The car and the green prior apartment complex, which was baffling to me
In other words, the guard doing over here in an apartment, Cobb
than apparently had been sitting there for a long time
I found out, I mean
like anybody out there, like ok, was what what is it makes sense for the
car just be in the apartment, complex.
this discovery shifted the focus of the investigation away from any kind of possible accident investigators went back to the very beginning to take a fresh look at the case. There started work perfunctory county
police department in two thousand and one you know
did their investigation.
viewed, allow witnesses for statements and stuff and the case white cold for two years.
The car was found when it was found
two thousand and three the ritual encounter sheriff apartment requested for the case to be transferred over to them in colombia from two county wanted to keep it
They took out an entire year within to transfer the case over, so they didn't get the case until
technically, two thousand and four which
three years later at the shop goes missing. Then they start their investigation obey the columbia. Please
parliament's lead, written cottagers department, sumpter county, we're all working ever unit.
thousand one was shouting first went missing, but the case needed to be transferred
who are risking county to do the re, investigate
now the case, because the car was the council that new evident, though they parted interview
it that weren't interviewed before in two thousand and wine collect them
where the yom cellphone record
four shelton earmark they do a search warrant on mark, Richardson's, house and found.
If our caliber thirty eight caliber guy,
Try to you see if that was the murder weapon they confiscated at nice.
nice. It was in this house and I watched
stolen and other auxiliaries related to the case.
During this new investigation into what happened to shorten the focus shifted back to the last known person to see Shelton alive. Mark Richardson
While they were looking into mark. They began to hear things about him that were concerning. It appears that, in the lead up to shout disappearance ma
quit struggling with his mental health.
My move mindset, the I'm and the witnesses of marked and shall instead that Martin richardson behaviour
started, changing and ninety ninety nine, when he was a boy with ie,
the oil line company. They thought a floor, that's when his personality started to change and he started here.
Voices in his head
accusing them of way to kill him. Then he said that the
then there is talk was to this at the time
he said that he would have voiced, trap
family would enter into view his mom and dad said that he was having mental faculties issue.
they keep them out of the house and they told him not to combat the buried and said that he suffers from that that people's mental condition, when he was marked age
felt that mark was heavy. The same lack of faith phase
and that he will grow out of it. Obviously, his family was wearing him. Having those issue,
He mentioned the other friends that he wanted to kill them. He would hear voices in his head, but he knew
to kill one of his fine, so that
wasn't around this particular guy. Every day they were friends as night
Ninety three, ninety, ninety four, when they started that you see but
This guy must adjust just snapped and decided
it was the day that he would want to do something
brian new mark back when this off happened and was
well to give us a little bit more information about how they met mark
kind of relationship he and Shelton had with mark.
we parliament more prior round. Ninety three, ninety four: when we both went to school more lives.
of cap as we all lived on campus and I think he had a class with one about other friends. Maybe
man sophomore year or something like that
and that's just gonna. How we all met me most.
started hanging out and you know, came out a room or something, and we just started hanging out from there mark was all
the cool guy with that we never had no issues Whittemore before
in. All of this is going on a main markers, isn't it
of guy, that
You know, eat always be hanging around hanging around with you.
Funny guy I mean he used. You know things like that.
gaining and then ass time went on. Everybody can start
I guess ass, we get older, everybody kind of starts going around by people I get married. People are starting to work.
hanging out as much
yeah, then he can't. I just started to change a little bit and it was more like a little bit. More standoff is sir
I dunno like I'd just thought. A lot of people were just
get em with more
I think we kind of knew that a lot man. This is more. This is how he's going to be so like we never had any issues with that at all
I'm a comrade, and even
if you would be kind of
paranoid, but there was nothing to us because they were kind
how he was, and we just got all accepted it
in the years that followed, shelton disappearance, Brian told us that he ran into mark only one time. This is what he remembers from the conversation
women's thing. I'd at that point I got married, ok, go live there
go out for me-
think I ran the mark, maybe one time this is prior to then finding his car.
I was out at lunch with some coworkers of my ran in the mark. He was having lunch with somebody. There we spoke
before met it like it was enough
like it wasn't a in a whole. They conversation was like a faint
I guess you know itself there met there go had found a car males pretty much.
Those like, when I say brief, is all maybe when one or two minutes or so Andrea had spoken to him, said lily
we are told us earlier what mark said transpired on the evening of shortens disappearance. He claimed that the two parted ways at marks house after they visited three hotels
we wanted to learn more about what mark said happened after that time, where was mark after he claimed to have last seen, Shelton Volvo
you told us more about marks story of what happened that night, which included a strange story about doing laundry and spending time with a sex worker, though
after shut left at eleven thirty march riches and fading
he went to the laundromat togo, wash your clothes,
twelve midnight, and that's what
He said he met up with a prostitute name, written in colombia area that he met in the mill. What neighbourhood policy
that when he met read it, he said that he asked her to drop his car back off and did laundry back off and that he will go to ride with her to have sexual relations after reading, allegedly
he dropped him back off at his house. He rode with her. They got it
the argument on not road, I seventy seven and
said that she dropped him off, kicked him out of her car
and so get out and that
he said he made a phone call to his brother and sister to pick him up approximately around twelve forty nine, a m on june twenty of the morning of june twentieth, which is our fifteen minutes after he claimed that shut left his house at eleven thirty pierre. So with babby said when they did this,
pino in his cell phone records in two thousand and one they ask them why? Why is your cell phone being paid out?
this tower and at the alibi
a gay, but
years later Shelton's car,
Was found at the partner complex too
away from where he made that cell phone call, but unfortunately,
It was two years later when they found the card
marks phone had gone quiet after the call from shortens phone at nine, o seven p m
It didn't start making calls again until after midnight mark had made cause to his sister and brother, not to
after he said that shalt left to drive home
his sister declined to pick mark up, but will vary a told us what she knows about where mark was picked up by his brother. He called it for his sister to complete them up
this is the told him. Now
You will gonna pick them up and then he said
Cobb his brother,
brother about twelve it before
Brother ended up picking them up
the of the Earl
and thirty in the morning. So far,
the car was found at green briar partners. What you don't park lane road and he was picked up on two natural- was
the intersection light out there, like a black,
Green briar partners is like
for a minute, walk from the columbia em. All he was kicked that radio
the columbia em
there was another important witness that investigators had spoken to shortly after Shelton disappeared.
witness had an interesting story to tell
story that now seemed more important after Shelton car had been found this way
his claim to have heard something on the night that Shelton disappeared. That could potentially be very damning evidence. The guy
shots were heard happen
next door neighbor the regulated olympia avenue. The gunshot
were heard at between eleven and alive,
thirty p m.
at the same time that you say- and I shall love to power or was at his house
so the gunshot three gunshots that they heard
and then the neighbour coming outside of the door he sang.
that noise and margaret you can tell him his neighbour. That was just luck
that firing death just right between his house
where he was where we they heard the gunshot and the caribbean park at the green briar apartment, which is up.
Only twenty I'll say twenty-
in its awake from where market lived, something very suspicious about that.
Toper of two thousand five investigators believed they had enough evidence to charge. Mark Richardson was shortens murder. Mark
to being the last person to see Shelton a neighbour
reported hearing gunshots, that night
theorize that mark had shot shelton at his home and leader
abandoned his car at the green briar apartments. Since marks phone placed him in that area in the hours after shelton disappeared, they didn't give
register an arrest warrant until october six, two thousand and five, but technically two and a half
Years after they found the car, that's when they did the arrest on my richardson when they brought him
for the irish, he actually made a statement to the law enforcement officers. He said. Can I ask you a hypothetical question:
not really it's an accent daily, detective sharma gales. He said if there are such things
then I'll daphne top carolina, and he said
You explain the accidental death and then they invest
The gator said mister and missus. Sanders just would like to bring this case, could cause and find their sign helpless, find him, and he said, but I've already went to his people.
Many shelton you'd already went to people's health and told him that I wanted to help them find shelter and
Should that be other law enforcement officers walks into the interrogation through an garlanded detectors, debating him what him
What richest everyone discussing almost a confession and then, when he tries to
see what the conversation were, not richardson marriages and refused to say anything else.
he acted as if he never said it. After
x, two thousand five arrest
judge set his bail at one hundred thousand dollars and market
required to posts ten percent or ten thousand dollars, which he did. This was upsetting to the sanders. Family they felt like mark was a danger to others, even possibly to other members of their family
It would be nearly three more years before this case made it to trial.
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The trial for mark richardson began in April of two thousand eight
doctors had built a circumstantial case against mark. There was no smoking gun to this day,
Shelton's remains, have never been recovered.
All of their searches for physical evidence at marks, home in his car and in shelters car all came up empty. They rely
upon marks on statements about that night and phone pings to make their case
on the other side. The defence argued that there was no proof that a crime was committed. There was
a single trace of physical evidence to support the states theory they are
there wasn't even any proof that Shelton was dead.
The end of the trial. The jury was unable to come to a verdict, and the judge declared a mistrial today, more
richardson is still a free man, however,
could be tried again in the future, will be
you told us her thoughts on what went wrong at the trial,
this lawyer shut everything down there? Was
quiet day. He was saying the prosecution didn't have enough evidence. I ve been
farming murder weapon. Although lawyer was like firm, none of the prosecution, finding emile
mark dna. Nothing.
tell him down, but a murder. Our guide, the amino acid, is filled with tears,
set the prosecution, though only real
the prosecution they came. They had all these things like
bore all week,
He ate them alive. They know their metaphysical body. Present too,
say, was the motor. What was that
matter of death that type of be closed and that's what he said. The lawyer
Boy he was he made that a topic of discussion every day of the tree
there is nobody. There is no like that was just closing argument. Just
Repeat that overt over. Do we think that
we're gonna be convicted year. We did then let led investigator. He saw optimistic,
gotta, be a big date. We got this autumn. We got that, although we got that all of you
the lawyer to shut down. We made the prosecution
why they were prepared failure.
thought you were a big effect. It good seven jury said I you,
guilty here. Five were decided. My parents,
fair they were down, I believe my mom pass out after we went back to the back of the room where the new supporters were trying to get our statement. I write
after that? I think she was the blade out or something and fell back.
They ve done a lot of crimes?
why, over the years that I've seen
additionally the reaction in the bag. You barely heart, probably drafted historic, devastated
One question that stood out to us about the lack of physical evidence in this case was when exactly remarks home and vehicle searched. We know that shelton car was found for a couple of years, but was
really looked at that closely before the car was recovered, or did
of those things happen after this.
what will vary a told us about the searches lab worse than claimed that they search it house?
I want to say this lightly desirable, but rather that the claim that they did, they searches house
the week after my brother, what measures they claim that somebody
They saw barkley about his house the day after my brother. What listen this is allowed.
story, the rule
that was said. They said it globally
with regard to throw blue card
They they knew the movement all they knew very well tat. They did I search it. Was
it's like they arrested him into
I would have five. They found the car two thousand and three
so I want to say that a move at all had been completed somewhere in two thousand and four. So that was I
years later married.
I search ground search of his property.
My brother with this. It is because he was the last person see with my brother, but as well
the low banal and all that fell down the years later, which he had left that how a couple of weeks after rubber
this. They did do a search of his house for where he was arrested, which differ. How they found a glass
I want to say, glock. Thirty eight got boy far back in two thousand away. Why she said
I fail to water, the group prince. He try to
That needs to get rid of it. They don't by re he fry the seller to
so you don't have any need for anymore
we'll very explained that the case when cold for many years after the trial was over
Then she got older and took an interest in pressing for answers herself now
the new cold case unit, looking at the case and will very, is confident in the work that they're doing now
They ve been very helpful. The coal case unit that I'm working with now they're very helpful and there are starting to collect new evidence, Edward S, who was working on right now, the lead,
some day you worked on the case.
in two thousand and three up until we went to trial in two thousand and eight cause, we did go to trial and it was a hung jury, so
The work on the case then, but then, after that it became
in the cold you he didn't do anything on the case we took
new coal case a textbook case after I spoke to the show gravelling contact with the attorney
turning general about a meeting with him, and I have also met with a sharp and I ve, been very helpful, fell right now, work in the midst of collecting new evidence so that we can go back to trial
at the trial. The states theory was that mark had acted alone. The he had me
statements over the years about wanting to kill one of his friends, but today
we'll various questions. If he would have been able to pull something like this off on his own
that he acted alone. I feel because
My brother is much bigger than him and taller than he had to have held, but it hard to get other law
where's my officers to believe that the storyline I want to leave the technologies. It is hard to tell
mark was fires were
could have no that would have helped him get rid of.
The body or help cover it up
in is hesitant to say that he thinks that mark killed shelton.
but he admits it. He thinks mark knows something about it.
Ever thought- even know
I can't, I knew how mark was working,
this, then you know it's a little bit, but what
never thought in my mind initially that
ok, even though markers, alas, my with him
always thought that he was
the fat other road somewhere that we
and find them till they found a car.
everything right now is circumstantial.
But when you look at the circumstances,
when, on that particular day,
you know going from you know, listen into the trial was in a police report phone records.
Where they found the car. It all point.
back to me dad
If more, then do this
He knows something.
More than what he said
there's nothing else when I think of the case to say no,
maybe he went in this weather,
Did it or not? I don't know, but I think he knows more, why
the car in drinking by appointment like I've written at that time. We personally
I don't know anybody at that.
who, with lemon at that apartment, complex
later on, we do find our throughout various research,
somebody else their mark new, with live in canada in those same apartment complexes cheaper
I'm a complex and a lot of people. People in colleges live up there with her
are being where it was found that other circumstance,
then a case would link mark to that guy
in that bang cell phone record on
famed. I put in a minute
senator where the car was hell.
And that was we'd like we did find that out onto till later on in the investigation.
Brian just mention that mark new someone who lived at the green briar apartment complex? This was
something that was ever brought up at trial will very explained how she recently discovered. This information did mark
anyone know anybody grew brighter, partly as well
What do you think you know out they like this? Yes, we know so
No, we didn't know that they knew everybody bear up until lacking
literally law enforcement,
idea. Did he kill shell?
his house and dump,
he somewhere and dropped his car when at green grave- and I tell mom
where's. It there's no way. This is what was said
the trout with it every word up until
here. This is what it was. Their martin
randomly chose that apart the public eye wandered through the case. Now
they found out there was before, and I will leave it at that apartment outlet, for they will renew it for you,
They did know somebody out there now
that I recently discovered that myself, how long forcemeat skipped over
baker him tell you, they dropped the ball. The car with part right in front of him. There
utah offerings out partly complex, it being that favour.
Building number two. They had a witness statements on this,
like while, but how could you do that? Is it right in my face in our faces a towel
mark randomly pick that location. They believe it do a full search.
clay the day they backbone apart. You complex build its doors
acted in a war that they do show that they do bar led by that time to them
three. The personal worrying are the only light
It therefore, like a year to save her
my brother. What visit he? You live there and let me
I'll bet. You.
One thing that will vary a wonders about is motive and we,
the two are researching this story during the trial. The states argument was that mark had some sort of mental health condition and wanted to kill a friend this
based off of statements that he had made to others. We can
tell you whether or not mark ever received any official diagnosis from a mental health professional. We
Please don't know
We'll very wonders if mark did do this,
there's something more to this- that no one has ever uncovered policing
the motorway because mark was mentally ill
the phrase were saying their mark
that he wanted to kill one on his right boy
in actuality, no one in the neighborhood,
what the actual motorway did. Some I do,
I see you, are you upset business revenge? Nothing, no count that type of motor virile.
now what the police were able to
together with the because he was
I'm from a mental illness aegis decided that day there,
in my brother's, like that
The days of her brother could have been around
told that day is on
sorry. I really dont really to the day. Tell you one.
Person who took his like to say that my brother's best rain and
without offering bookmark nodded. It really taught the mark, I was told
the boy year they weren't really close close all of them, but they were out
school work and doing their things. You know free are tight at some point and then
big their land get pretty busy
can I dont think other much, but as far as light
not yet along now
Not one person tell me that
my brother didn't have any. He didn't have any enemies. It wasn't that he didn't get along with anybody. So what is the motive? What what truly happened
Well, we'll verrier is confident that the new investigators and the cold case unit are looking into this and attempting to uncover new leads there.
Still things I have never been done in all of these years that bother her people who were never talk to earlier.
We mention that part of mark story about the night that Shelton disappeared, was that
after shot left to drive home, he went to a laundromat to wash his clothes and then
time with a sex worker, when we first heard this, we wonder
this woman even existed, or if this
story was completely. Fabricated will vary a told us that she is in fact a real person, but she's never been interviewed by law enforcement.
This lady has ever been taught to
she was never interview.
The boy had to EU law enforcement did even want to believe his story. I never
if we brought law enforcement, they believe certain things that the killer say and they don't believe nah nah. It's not true. Oh he made that story up, but he did you even go to verify.
I can't even give me air why they never even talked to her. They never try
Look her nothing,
they lie there. They couldn't find.
in actuality. What I was able to review
so say it was going there shot her pitcher every
It was in there. So I guess it
mystery or why certain thing wonder, but as far as giving a statement from her or two
came to her or investigating her. Regarding this case, never
I still haven't. Then there yet seen in colombia
As you see, we have based their graves
now that the whole case will take us are on the case of action to reach out to her there waiting
after Shelton disappeared. Brian went on to get married without Shelton by his side as planned,
Losing one of his closest friends in this ambiguous way has influenced how Brian has raised his own children may of a or quicker.
I always bring up people going missing in how easy it can happen to make
it's on. Whenever growing, you know, they're old
he needs is now, but just one day
and a look, I got a friend whose missing so you can't do this this
me. You can't just go
we knew about. Let me know where you're going to be the only change
about children and his cave and now he went missing an things can happen just one and as you can.
hey? Look I'm on my way and never make it
without technology. Now you have to, let me know something
as the case stands today margaret
its and could be retried at any time. One of the last things we asked will vary a was if this case went to trial again today, if she thought
the outcome would be the same or different if we were to go by.
Child day carefully
what the same outcome, but this is the fear that
in two thousand eight, they claim that she ran away on his own.
Would you say, or would it be, did everything we could avoid walk away?
about twenty years later,
Maybe we have a better outcome at this point
If we go back, the trout will have to have a lot more against him to get a better outcome.
now. There was a lot of things that one permitted in the courtroom back then, but he had book for how to get rid of their bodies.
commit murder, but, like I said
the judge, what allowed the everything the covered
the court room
What the Sanders family once today, more than justice is answers.
Opportunity to find shelton and put him to rest will very has made attempts to connect with mark richardson and some
People in his close circle. Well,
I sent him a letter last year. I have a plan,
investigators and have him a letter on video kate
he read the letter com called law enforcement and told her that those private investigators were harassed, live with them,
cable. They want to deliver a letter law enforcement.
I'll, be they called me
they offer. The number that I put in the letter was a tip. My
They said they must register with calling about harassment complete. They were busy.
Some part of letter. The sunday. In a case, then I say here
and I told them the story they were like. Well we're going to tell Mr Richardson there that we can do about it and that he's going to have to respond directly to you
better to parent- is the boy I wrote letters.
and I have heard anything,
So what happened to shorten sanders on the evening of june nineteenth two thousand one
We know that Shelton had a lot to look forward to the bachelor party. His friends wedding is graduation and starting his career shelton had his whole life ahead of him. She was last seen by mark richardson after the two had gone around two three hotels: to make reservations for the bachelor party,
claimed that shelton left to drive back home that night, but Shelton there's never seen or heard from again. Investigators believed that they had enough evidence to convict mark for shelton murder, but the jury in two thousand and eight seem to want more. Is this a case of the cs? I effect where people have come to expect a substantial amount of physical evidence in order to convict due to years of watching fictional crime dramas on television, or was the states case just to shaky from the start. Oarsmen,
the truly innocent and something else happened to Shelton Shelton's, family and law enforcement. Believe that mark holds the key to bringing answers to Shelton's family and more can be tried again in the future they're hoping to uncover some physical evidence in order to give a future jury that smoking gun that the first jury didn't get. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Shelton sanders, please contact the richland county sheriff's office at eight zero, three five, seven six, three thousand or the Shelton Sanders information hotline at eight zero. Three, four, two: seven, four: two: zero nine there's. Currently a twenty five thousand dollar reward being offered based on
it's a credit card to you and have cell phone record you june. Nineteen was the last time shaken has been heard from or seen no activity, no cell phone usage, no credit car, you, social security, number, nothing! No one has seen him. Nobody heard from him the person that blasting with the suspect he actually admitted that he was elected.
the thing was shouting. You know we need closer at this point. We are offering a calf reward of twenty five thousand,
we played something happen
I don't know what happened.
Adam disgraceful herself, like this, you know, along with any other of that media attention that keeps
kate kind of moving forward closure.
For the pair closure fro, while very closer for every by monday.
They got no very rarely. It has a lot of time
the point it how frustrated
You got the bilateral. He doesn't express yourself about it.
Very, very, very fast in heart, broken in
getting older now, so I did my parents. China rely on me
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