JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - Natasha Marie Shanes disappeared from Jackson, Michigan May 7, 1985 when she was only six years old. Her mother continues to hold out hope that she will return after almost 39 years have gone by with no signs of her anywhere.
According to Natasha's mother, Susan Shanes, someone took her daughter from their home while she was asleep. Police arrived on scene after receiving the call of a missing child, but could not find any signs of a forced entry. It's been ruled as a non-family abduction.
Two days after Natasha went missing, her mother's boyfriend, Robert F. Forbes was found shot near his mother's home. His death was ruled a suicide, but Susan is also suspicious about his death and believe he was murdered. Police tried to connect the two cases, but haven't been able to find any relation.
An extensive search took place in the neighborhood and Susan took their search to different states in hopes of finding Natasha, but have come up empty handed. She says she's been worrying about her daughter everyday because Natasha suffers from epilepsy and a mild intellectual disability; she also has scoliosis and has to take anti-seizure medication so that she doesn't lapse into a coma.
Many believe that Natasha has passed on but Susan still holds out hope today that Natasha will be found safe or at least her body can be returned home so she can be given a proper resting place near her family and loved ones.
Hear more from Natasha's mother tonight on News Ten at 6:00 p.m. and find out how you can help their family find leads or closure in this case.