In August 2014, Shasta’s father suffered a massive heart attack and died. Life quickly spiraled out of control for Shasta. But just as things were beginning to to look hopeless, she hit rock bottom and reached out to a friend for help getting clean.
A few months later she called Sarah again, but this time, Shasta was ecstatic – she’s pregnant. She spoke of wedding plans, buying a home and starting a new life. On Christmas Day, Shasta spent the day celebrating with
her grandmother and family. She received a text message and told her grandmother she’ll be back later. This was the last time Shasta’s family saw her before she went missing.
Around 7:15 a.m. the following day, a civilian discovered an abandoned vehicle near the Higby Bridge and called 911. Both the driver and passenger doors were left open, the car was out of gas and the battery was dead. Inside the vehicle police find Shasta’s cell phone and ATM card left on the center console. Shasta’s cell phone contained an unsent text message -- it was some sort of goodbye, according to Lt. Preston. There were small amounts of blood inside the car.
The Ross County Sherriff’s office initiated search and rescue, including foot and helicopter searches. Detectives examined surveillance footage from a Speedway gas station that showed Shasta enter the store around 3:15 a.m., but every lead came up short.
Eight days later, searchers discovered a body in the Scioto River, a mile south of the bridge.