Richard and Genell May were told it would be almost impossible for them to ever have a child together so they adopted a beautiful little boy and named him Tim. Miraculously, 8 months later Shondra came into the world at 3lbs and 15 ounces and Tim became a big brother.
They grew up in the rural community of Pea Ridge, about a 15 minute drive from Forest, Mississippi, where they were surrounded by a loving, close knit family. and enjoyed all the things most country kids enjoy. There were horses, cows, bike riding, gardens, church and the usual fun of living in the country.
Grandparents, aunts and uncles were just a stone's throw away from the house Richard May built, high on the hill, for his tiny family.
Shondra grew into a beautiful young girl, and attended Leake Academy where she was an honor student. She played piano at Calvary Baptist Church, and worked at McDonalds Restaurant in Forest to earn extra spending money. Life was good.
On February 4, 1986 Shondra clocked it to her job at McDonalds at 6:00. It was a slow, dreary night and her boss let her leave work after only an hour and 24 minutes.
She called her parents from McDonalds and told them she was leaving work and going by TG&Y to buy a valentine card for her boyfriend, Tony Adams, and would be home after that brief stop. She called her parents as a matter of routine, especially after feeling she was being followed 6 months before, and then four nights before her abduction, 4 guys with long hair driving a large, older model car, handed the person at the drive through window a rose, and told them to give it to Shondra. No one, including Shondra, knew who they were.
The parking lot of TG&Y was a local hangout for many of the kids in Forest, boys circled around in their cars, looking for girls to flirt with, and vice versa. Many of the kids would park their cars and gather around and joke and have fun, but tonight was a school night with little activity. After purchasing an oversized Valentine card for her boyfriend, Shondra drove off into the night, never to be seen alive by her family again.
Mississippi Paranormal Investigations and Muddy Mississippi Justice join together on Shondra May case.
The parking lot of McDonalds in Forest, Mississippi, where Shondra once worked, was a buzz as people filed out of their cars and trucks and headed where Lucy Dieckhaus, with WJTV and Kyle with MSNEWSNOW.COM waited in the parking lot.
Most of us, strangers to each other, embraced, as we all gathered together for one reason, to search for answers in the death of a beautiful, sweet, blue-eyed brunette, that never had the chance to live the life most of us have been blessed with.
From McDonalds we headed to Burke's Outlet, where the old TG&Y use to be, and the last place Shondra was seen before she disappeared.
|Rest in Peace|
From there we went to where Shondra grew up, and pulled into the South side of the driveway and drove to the top of the hill where the South and North driveways meet.
Her Car Was Found to the right, below where white SUV is Parked. She was approximately 100 Yards from her home.
It was at this intersection, coming from the North side (the side the family rarely used) that Shondra's car was found, door ajar, wallet out of her purse with nothing missing but her and her drivers license. This is where the suspicion that she was pulled over by an officer of the law or someone impersonation an officer came from. According to an anonymous source many of the guys around Forest had blue lights in their cars and bedrooms that were stolen from the airport,
One of the psychic investigators, Brandy Donatiello, walked down to the north entrance and sat down, but it wasn't long before she sent someone to ask Tim May about something. She said she felt a bump in one particular spot, like Shondra had bumped her car on something. It was the only time Tim May laughed, as he recalled Shondra, then 15, wrecking their dads favorite car, an El Camino, at that very spot.
From Shondra's home, like a band of modern day gypsies, we headed for Bolton, MS and the murky waters of Baker's creek.
Shondra's body is not the first nor will it be the last to be found in this rural area outside of Hinds county.
|Bullet Casings from a 22 along with a black hooded shirt on|
the edge of the bridge.
We have a lot of tips coming in, and are waiting on results from Mississippi Paranormal Investigators. Stay tuned for updates!