Michele ‘Shelli’ Whitaker: ID’s ‘Gone’ Follows Missing Spartanburg Woman Found Alive


The Michele “Shelli” Whitaker (Michelle Shelly Whitaker) Spartanburg missing person case got some attention last night on ID’s Gone documentary crime series. The missing woman, also known as Michele “Shelly” Whitaker, vanished fifteen years ago. Her story made headlines and was featured on a crime show.


Six years after Michele Whitaker’s disappearance, she was found alive in Oregon. Gone on Investigation Discovery will recount the turmoil and anguish her family went through while trying to find her. It will also reveal what Michele Whitaker’s life was like during those years. The interviewees include Michele Whitaker’s mother, sister, and law enforcement officials.



The Investigation Discovery TV show Gone will dramatize the events leading up to the disappearance of Michele Whitaker. The 33-year-old woman vanished without a trace in August of 2002. She was last seen leaving a jail where she had been arrested for driving under the influence. Police officials released her while she was waiting to go to rehab.



Michele ‘Shelli’ Whitaker (Michelle “Shelly” Whitaker) was seen at a truck stop along I-85. They said she was looking for a ride out of Spartanburg. That was one of the last known official sightings.


A worried friend of Michele Whitaker called her mother to tell her Michele was missing. He also indicated she had been staying at his home but hadn’t arrived in three nights.


The call sent family members into a panic as they desperately tried to locate the missing woman. Michele Whitaker had many problems in her life related to addiction, which meant that sometimes she didn’t arrive home. What was different this time was that she always called her sister or her mother.


In 2005, the family received devastating news. A letter surfaced, stating Michele Whitaker had been murdered and dumped in a Landrum, South Carolina pond. Police never found the body.


For the next three years, relatives had no information about Michele Whitaker. Her case was profiled on an episode of Forensic Files and Investigation Discovery’s Disappeared. The case was also included in an episode of Unsolved Mysteries about another woman’s disappearance.



In 2008, relatives got the shock of their lives when they discovered Michele Whitaker was alive. A neighbor contacted authorities after watching one of the crime shows where she recognized a photo of Michele Whitaker. Authorities confirmed the woman’s identity, and she was reunited with her family.


Michele told family members she disappeared because she wanted to start a new life. GoneĀ airs on Mondays at 9/8 p.m. Central on the ID Channel.



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Gone: Missing Michele

Michele's mom and sister knew something was wrong – she always called home. What happened to Michele Whitaker?

Posted by Investigation Discovery on Monday, August 21, 2017

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Traciy Curry-Reyes

Traciy Curry-Reyes is the founder and editor-in-chief of TV Crime Sky. She began her career as a true crime & entertainment freelance writer in the 1990's for her website, The Movies Based on True Stories Database/Archives. She has contributed content to other websites, such as Examiner.com and Inquisitr.com. Traciy also appears as a true-crime expert and commentator on TV One's Fatal Attraction, For My Man, and Justice by Any Means; Investigation Discovery's Murder Calls and Scorned; Oxygen's Snapped; FOX's Crime Watch Daily; and Lifetime Television's Killer Kids.