DEONNA SHIPMAN – RECOVERED!

DEONNA SHIPMAN

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Deonna Shipman has been recovered!  Thank you to all of those who followed her case and helped to bring her home safely.  Please read below for the full story.

WELCOME HOME DEONNA!

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Deonna Shipman Age Progressed to 7 Years Old

Deonna Shipman Age Progressed to 7 Years Old

Deonna Shipman

Deonna Shipman

Deonna Shipman

Date of Birth: August 7, 2003

White Female

Height: 3’3”     Weight: 35 lbs

Hair: Blonde     Eyes: Blue

Missing: July 12, 2007     From: Liverpool, NY

Distinguishing Features: Pierced Ears.  She has a birthmark on the back of her neck.

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Deonna Shipman with Jeffrey Shipman Taken While She Was Missing

Deonna Shipman with Jeffrey Shipman Taken While She Was Missing

Deonna’s mother, Lioubov “Luba” Shipman, has custody of her.  Deonna was last seen on July 12, 2007, when her father, Jeffery Shipman, picked her up at her Liverpool, New York, home for a court-appointed visitation period.  He was supposed to return her the following afternoon, but never did.  A federal felony warrant for kidnapping was issued for Jeffery on July 18, 2007.

Jeffery’s greenish-silver 2000 Dodge Caravan with the New York license plate number BHG4492 was found abandoned at Rochester Airport a few days after Deonna’s abduction.  It was established that they flew the Heathrow Airport in London, England.  He had purchased plane tickets to Germany, but never used them.  He may still be in England, or he may have made it to Germany by another route.  He has relatives in Ilion, New York.  Police believe Jeffery carefully planned the kidnapping in advance.  He doesn’t like flying or big cities, and he doesn’t like standing out.

Deonna Shipman

Deonna Shipman

Luba and Jeffery divorced shortly after Deonna’s birth and have been fighting for custody of her ever since.  Luba was granted full custody shortly before Deonna’s abduction; Jeffery got visitation on Wednesday’s and alternating weekends.  Luba stated she is concerned for Deonna’s safety.  She says that after Jeffery lost the custody battle, he said if he couldn’t have his daughter, than no one could.  Luba suggested Jeffery may be armed and may be a danger to himself and others.  Jeffery’s mother describes her son as nonviolent and claims he was afraid that Luba would take Deonna to Russia.

In October 2007, the remains of a young blonde girl were found in a trash can along Galveston Bay in Texas.  The dead child resembled Deonna and there was speculation that it was she, but authorities ruled out that possibility.  The Galveston child was eventually identified as two-year old Riley Ann Sawyers, whose mother and stepfather were charged with murder.

Deonna Shipman was located in Thailand by the FBI.  Deonna and her father were located in Bangkok on February 24, 2012.  Jeffrey Shipman was arrested by the FBI, who had him on their most wanted list.  Deonna was found safe and healthy and her mother was reunited with the little girl in Russia, after which they brought her home.

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Jeffery Shipman

Jeffery Shipman

Jeffery Shipman

White Male

Height: 6’2”     Weight: 220 lbs

Hair: Brown     Eyes: Brown

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If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Deonna Shipman, please immediately contact the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office at:

1-315-425-2111

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The FBI (NY) at:

1-518-465-7551

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The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at:

1-800-843-5678

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~ by LTWH on January 5, 2012.

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