Natasha Marie Shanes
What you need to know:
Born on January 23rd, 1979
Disappeared on May 8th, 1985 from Jackson, Michigan
Has dark blonde hair and brown eyes
Has a strawberry birthmark on the back of her neck, a small scar on her forehead, a scar on her cheek from a dog bite, fallen arches, and pierced ears
Is epileptic and developmentally disabled
Was last seen wearing a blue and white shirt with a safety pin, and blue jeans
What we know about her case:
We know that Natasha was seen at her house around 1:30am on the 8th. Her mother was awakened sometime that morning to the sound of a car door. She thought nothing of it and went back to sleep. When she got up at 6am, Natasha was gone, and their front door was wide open.
From my humble point of view:
Simply put - I think someone went into their house and took their child. Or, their child wandered outside and was taken. The car door noise seems to lock this down. I personally think that it would be just too much of a coincidence to hear a car door that woke you up, and it have nothing to do with your now missing child.
I can't say I'd do anything different if I was her mother. I'm a light sleeper, so car doors wake me up all the time. You can't check your kids every time you hear one. I think it's too bad this happened at night, with no one around to witness it.
I firmly believe she was kidnapped, and because of this, I don't think she's alive. I hate to say it, but even if this was a Jaycee situation, I think a kidnapper would be impatient with a developmentally delayed, epileptic child. She also could have had a seizure, which was compounded by the fact she didn't have anti-seizure medication with her. I just don't think this is going to end well.