Find missing Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell!
She was in the apartment she shared with her family.
Also living with the was the mother’s boyfrend.
Does he hold the key as to what happened?
Where is Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell?
Find Missing Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel!
Find Missing Shamaeah Nicole Gunnell! Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell has been missing since February 10, 1989. She is missing from Yuma, Arizona. Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell is classified as an endangered missing person.
Her year of birth is 1983. At the time of her disappearance, Shemaeah was 5 years old. Her current age is 35 years old. Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell is an African-American female. She is described as 4’0″ tall and 50 pounds at the time of her disappearance. Her hair is black and her eyes are black.
Shemaeah has a birthmark behind her neck on the right side. It is unknown what Shemaeah was wearing when she was last seen.
Find Missing Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell!
Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell was last seen at her apartment. It was located on north 1st Avenue in Yuma, Arizona on February 10, 1989. She lived with her mother, Valerie Lorraine Gunnell, her nine-month-old sister, Lecresha Kirklin, and Valerie’s boyfriend, Alvie Copeland Kiles, at the time.
Kiles had moved in with the family in January 1989. This was four months after his release from prison. He had served four years for attempted aggravated assault. He had a long-standing abuse problem with alcohol, cocaine and heroin. As per the requirements of his parole, he attended counseling and his parole officer thought his conduct was satisfactory. However, he continued to use drugs.
Kiles was seen by several individuals on February 10, driving Valerie’s car. That afternoon, he told a neighbor he had killed Valerie and her daughters. He stated he killed Valerie in an argument because he had stolen her food stamps to buy cocaine. And he murdered her. Then he killed the children because they began crying and screaming after witnessing their mother’s death.
Kiles took his neighbor to Valerie’s apartment and showed her the body. Shamaeah and Lecresha were missing from the scene. He said he’d put their bodies in the Colorado River. Kiles made similar confessions to his mother and a family friend, saying he’d killed the two girls because “they could talk.”
On February 11, the police went to the Gunnell residence. And he found Valerie’s body wrapped in a blanket in the hallway. She had been beaten to death. There were indications of a struggle in Valerie’s bedroom and blood all over the home, including two large pools of blood in the children’s bedroom.
A week after the murders, Lecresha’s body was found in an irrigation canal in Mexico. Like her mother, she had been beaten to death. Shemaeah’s remains were never located. But her blood was found on a mattress in her family’s apartment.
Kiles was convicted of murdering all three members of the Gunnell family. And he was sentenced to death. His conviction was later overturned on the grounds that he had an inadequate defense. But at his second trial he was convicted again of three counts of murder and two counts of child abuse in 2000.
He was ultimately sentenced to death for Valerie’s murder. He got life in prison for Shemaeah and Lecresha’s murders. Kiles is awaiting execution. He does not dispute that he committed the murders. But he is appealing his death sentence, saying the crimes were not premeditated. In 2009, he took his case to the Arizona Supreme Court, which upheld the verdict and sentence.
Foul play is suspected in Shemaeah’s case due to the circumstances involved.
Find Missing Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell!
This story is not only a tragedy; it is a gruesome crime. Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell remains missing after 30 years. The bodies of her mom and sister have been found. An abduction obviously has not taken place in Shemaeah’s case, though her body has never been found. As an abduction apparently did not take place, Shemaeah is presumed deceased. The relatives who loved this family need answers! Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Shemaeah Nicole Gunnell?
If you have any information, please contact the Yuma Police Department at: (928) 783-4421 or (928) 373-4670. You may contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678. You may call 9-1-1 or your local police.
NCMEC Case Number: NCMEC731859
NCIC Case Number: M-713233121
NamUs Case Number: MP8890
Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.
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Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel has a GINA Foundation for Missing Persons profile. The above image is courtesy of this profile. Click here to learn more.
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The above information is found on Shemaeah Gunnel’s Charley Project page.I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.