Left: Gunnel, circa 1989; Right: Age-Progression to age 21
Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel
Missing since February 10, 1989 from Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona.
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
She was last seen at her home on February 10, 1989 and has not been seen since.
Her 26-year-old mother, Valerie Gunnel, was murdered in the family's apartment. Shemaeah and her 9-month-old sister, LeCresha Gunnel were missing.
LaCresha's body was found floating in an irrigation canal in Mexico six days later.
Alvie Copeland Kiles, Valerie's live-in boyfriend, was convicted of murdering all three members of the Gunnel family and was sentenced to death.
Prosecutors believe he killed Valerie because she would not give him money to buy cocaine, then killed the children because they began screaming. His conviction was later overturned on the grounds that he had an inadequate defense, but he was convicted again of three counts of murder and two counts of child abuse in 2000. .
Shemaeah has never been located.
Investigators Yuma Police Department
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NCMEC #: NCMEC731859
NCIC Number: M-713233121 Source Information:
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children