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Episode #72: Michele "Shelly" Reidenbach - Missing (1981)

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

On the morning of September 22, 1981, Michele woke up not feeling very well. However, she had multiple things planned for that day, so she dragged herself out of bed anyway. By the time she got to work that afternoon she knew she needed to grab some cold medicine. She stepped out to run to the pharmacy near her workplace and after speaking briefly with her brother in the parking lot, was never seen again. Where is Shelly Reidenbach?


Birth: 12/29/1964 - Death: Unknown

Ethnicity: Caucasian - Sex: Female

Height: 5'2" - Weight: 110 lbs

Hair Color: Dark blonde- Eye Color: Blue

Other: At the time of her disappearance she was wearing a

wine-colored v-neck sweater and blue jeans

and may have been wearing a gold knot pendant necklace

Hometown: Zelienople, PA - Butler County

Crime Scene: Most likely abducted from the shopping center where she worked

Last Known Location Alive: Shopping center where she worked at Mel Den's Appliance Store

Injury Description: Unknown

Suspect Description: Unknown (David Neal, a known murderer, was once named a suspect, but was eventually cleared)

Additional Information: Investigators think that she was abducted by someone she knew

DNA: Unknown

Dental: Unknown

Fingerprints: Unknown

Anyone with information about Michele's whereabouts is asked to contact the Pennsylvania State Police in Butler at 724-284-8100 or the Zelienople Police Department at 724-452-3003. Or you can contact the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at

All callers to Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD for information that leads to an arrest, the solving of a crime/cold case or the location of a wanted person/fugitive or missing person.


Missing in Pennsylvania: Unsolved Cases from the Keystone State by Jenn Baxter

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