Left: Natasha circa 1985 Right: Age Progressed to age 39
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 8, 1985 from Jackson, Jackson County, Michigan
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 23, 1979
Age: 6 years old
Height and Weight: 4’0″; 57 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Blonde hair, Brown eyes, Natasha suffers from epilepsy and a mild intellectual disability, she also has scoliosis, she has the mental age of a 4 year old and is required to take the medication Depakote to prevent seizures, if she does not take the medication she may slip into a coma and die, she is also allergic to some types of epilepsy medication, Natasha may use the nicknames “Tasha” or “Tashia”, she has a small scar on her forehead, a dog bite scar on her cheek, she also has a strawberry birthmark on the back of her neck at her hairline, and Natasha has fallen arches or flat feet and wears special shoes to help fix the problem
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A large blue/white with a safety pin on it, a pair of blue jeans/a denim skirt
Circumstances of Disappearance
Natasha Shanes was last seen in Jackson, Michigan on May 8th 1985. She was last known to be asleep on the sofa of her family’s residence in the 900 block of Maple Avenue. Her mother awoke in the early morning hours when she heard a car door slamming outside. She fell back asleep however and awoke at approximately 6:00 am.
At that time she realized that Natasha was missing and one of the doors to the home was open. No trace of Natasha was found. It’s believed that Natasha either wandered away from the home through the door or that she was abducted by a non family member. They suspect these occurred between 1:30 and 6:00 am. An extensive search of the neighborhood turned up no sign of her.
Strangely 2 days after Natasha’s disappearance, her mother’s live in boyfriend, Robert F. Forbes, was found shot to death near his mother’s home. Investigators ruled his death a suicide but many speculate that he may have been murdered. He was a drug dealer and served time for Heroin trafficking. Authorities do not believe that his death or crimes are related to Natasha’s disappearance.
At the time of her disappearance, Natasha attended a special education school for children with disabilities. While she did cry and have mood swings a lot, she did enjoy playing with makeup, singing, and playing with purses and shoes.
Her disappearance remains unsolved. There have been no substantial leads in her case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Jackson Police Department 517-768-8727
NCMEC Number: 601899