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Shantelle Hudson
Case# 88-2136
November 12, 1988

Shantelle Hudson


July 31, 1972


November 12, 1988


Dayton, Nevada



Age: 16

Height: 5' 5"

Weight: 120

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Brown

It is estimated that approximately 2 million children run away from home each year. Most of them eventually reunite with their families but some are never seen again--meeting their fate on the streets of a cruel, unforgiving world.

This is precisely the fate feared to have happened to sixteen-year-old Shantelle Hudson. What began one brisk November morning as a simple runaway investigation, turned into the LCSO's oldest unsolved missing persons case.

Shantelle Hudson with Friend

Shantelle with a friend 

Hudson With Two Friends

A simple disagreement between mother and daughter is said to have precipitated Shantelle Hudson running away. No one has ever seen or heard from Shantelle ever again.

Shantelle is alleged to have been last seen by a relative leaving her residence at 0730 hours on the morning of November 12, 1988.  

Shantelle with friends 

There were two claimed sightings of Shantelle in the Dayton area up to a month after her disappearance but neither of these have ever been confirmed or corroborated, and may likely be misidentifications. 

Over three decades have passed since Shantelle was last seen and she would have turned 48 years old this year.  

Shantelle's case is featured on the Charley ProjectWebsleuths, NamUs, MissingInThe Doe Network and KRNV Reno News 4.

Hudson With Friend on Couch

Shantelle with her cousin

Shantelle Hudson

If you have any information about this case, or know someone who does, we urge you to contact the Lyon County Sheriff's Office Detective Division at (775) 577-5206 or the Lyon County Sheriff's Office 24-hour dispatch center at (775) 577-5023.


To provide information anonymously, call Secret Witness at (775) 322-4900. 

Shantelle Hudson age 13

Shantelle Hudson Age Progression

Artist's conception of what Shantelle may have have looked like as an adult

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