‘Secrets In A Small Town’: True Story Lifetime Movie aka ‘Nowhere’ Possibly Based On Ashley Reeves, Sam Shelton


Secrets in a Small Town, aka Nowhere, is a 2019 Lifetime movie that is inspired by a true story. What story is it based on? It is the opinion of Traciy Curry-Reyes that Secrets in a Small Town or Nowhere is loosely based on the true story of Ashley Reeves and Sam Shelton. The movie starred Kate Drummond, Rya Kihlstedt, and Al Mukadam. The popular Lifetime movie is about a frantic mother who is looking for her missing daughter, a high school athlete who disappeared shortly after moving to a small town.



Secrets in a Small Town True Story? Nowhere 2019 

The real story and the real Sarah Porter could be based on what happened in 2006 in Illinois. 17-year-old teen Ashley Reeves vanished from her Millstadt home after heading to a job interview. She was missing for more than 30 hours, and her family feared the worst. Her boyfriend told investigators she went to the interview and then to play basketball with a man she had been meeting in the park.

Investigators located Sam Shelton, a 27-year-old teacher who had some sort of relationship with Ashley. Many believe it was a romantic relationship. Sam Shelton had icy blue eyes and a charming spirit. He tried to choke Ashley to death with a belt then he dumped her body in Citizen’s park. He took detectives to the body in the cold, dark, rainy woods, and to everyone’s surprise, she was still alive. After several months, she recovered. He was arrested and charged with the crimes against her.


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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.