SHAINA KIRKPATRICK AND SHAUSHA HENSON – ENDANGERED MISSING April 4, 2001 – USMCC000500LTWH – UPDATED 01.24.2014
SHAINA KIRKPATRICK AND SHAUSHA HENSON
Date of Birth: April 27, 1999
Height: 3’0” Weight: 24 lbs
Hair: Blonde Eyes: Blue
Missing: April 4, 2001 From: Portland, OR
Distinguishing Features: Shaina has a triangle shaped birthmark on the back of her head.
Date of Birth: January 25, 2001
Height: 2’0” Weight: 16 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Missing: April 4, 2001 From: Portland, OR
Distinguishing Features: Shausha has a red mark on the top of her head. She also suffered from a broken collar bone at birth
Shaina and Shausha left with their mother, Kimyala Henson, planning on heading to British Columbia with Kimyala’s friend, Christina Mayer and a man Christina introduced as her husband, Curtis. Steven Kirkpatrick, Kimyala’s boyfriend and the girls’ father, told authorities that neither he nor Kimyala had met Curtis prior to that day. It turns out that he is a man no one EVER wants to meet.
Curtis is actually Frank Oehring, a fugitive from Missouri. Oehring was wanted after allegedly attempting to murder his ex-wife. Oehring also reportedly led a group of Satanists in Missouri, where Mayer just happened to be a member. Kimyala had no idea about the fate that would soon fall upon her and her daughters.
The last confirmed sighting of Kimyala and her daughters was the evening of April 5th, when they spent the night at the Shasta Lodge in Redding, California, with Mayer and Oehring. They apparently stopped in Sacramento, California during the day to allow Kimyala to pick up her birth certificate. It is believed that Mayer and Oehring may have convinced her she needed the document to enter Canada, which at the time, you did not. Kimyala, Shaina and Shausha have never been heard from or seen again, at least not alive.
Oehring and Mayer were discovered at a rest area in Collier County, Florida, on April 20, 2001. Mayer had been killed by a gunshot wound to the temple. Oehring was seriously wounded from a gunshot wound to the head; he died in a hospital shortly thereafter. Authorities believe Oehring shot Mayer in a murder/suicide. Oehring left behind letters detailing the couple’s plan to steal Kimyala’s birth certificate. Mayer had assumed Kimyala’s identity in Las Vegas, Nevada, shortly after they met Kimyala and her children in Oregon.
Kimyala’s remains were discovered near Nixon, Nevada on April 28, 2001. She had been beaten in the head and shot to death. Authorities believe Oehring and Mayer are responsible for her murder, I would agree. An extensive search of the area turned up no clues as to the whereabouts of Shaina and Shausha. With concern mounting to an all time high for these innocent little girls, authorities worked to locate them, but had no leads as to where to even start.
A blood stained hatchet found in Mayer and Oehring’s car was tested, and the blood was confirmed to be Kimyala’s. Neither of the girls’ blood was present. AS devastating and tragic as this entire situation is, hope remains that the girls have not been harmed. Shaina and Shausha’s car seats were never recovered and their birth certificates are missing. Authorities do not know if Mayer and Oehring harmed the children, or sold them to someone. These little girls have just vanished.
I normally do not make personal comments on missing child cases or speculate about what may or may not have happened, but I am going to comment on this.
A huge part of me wants to remain hopeful that the girls have not been harmed. It makes sense that if Mayer and Oehring would just brazenly murder Kimyala and leave her body to be found, why wouldn’t they just do the same with the girls then? Also, why would the car seats and birth certificates never be located? It just doesn’t add up … these murderers left the damn hatchet in their car, they clearly were not trying to cover Kimyala’s murder up, so why would they suddenly go all CSI for the little girls? It sure does sound like the girls may have been given to or sold to other individuals. So let’s assume they were sold for a moment … why in the world would Mayer and Oehring go to the trouble of abducting and selling two little girls that they know will have family looking for them, then just go and commit suicide? Clearly the money the would have hoped to make, could not be a factor, they didn’t live long enough to spend any if they had it. So why would they go through all of this, just to commit suicide in the end? IT MAKES NO SENSE. Now let’s just say that the girls were give to an individual, no money involved. Well right there the hope that the girls are alive is dramatically increased. However, if the girls are alive, what life can they possibly be living considering what their abductors went through to get them. This scenario doesn’t look good for the girls either.
I am going to continue to hope that these girls are alive, and safe somewhere with food in their bellies and a roof over their head. I am also going to make a plea to whoever may have the girls, please return them home. They have family that loves them and misses them terribly. This family has already grieved the loss of the girls’ mother, and they are now being forced to live everyday as a nightmare, wondering what happened to these two beautiful little girls, these little girls that are the legacy their Mom left even after her life was taken from her. So much pain has already fallen over this family, please do not make them continue to suffer. Do the right thing.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Shaina Kirkpatrick and Shausha Henson, please immediately contact the FBI (Portland, OR) at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: