The Doe Network:
Case File 297DFTX

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Shelley Kathleen Sikes
Missing since May 24, 1986 from Galveston, Galveston County, Texas.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Sikes, a 19-year-old University of Texas student who was home for the summer, was last seen just before midnight May 24, 1986, when she left her job as a waitress at Gaido's beach-front restaurant in Galveston.

Her car was found about 2 the next morning, stuck in deep mud along an Interstate 45 access road just south of the Galveston causeway. The driver's window was broken, and blood was spattered on the door and driver's seat. Despite an intensive search, Sikes was never found.

Authorities got a break in the case in June 1987 when John Robert King telephoned El Paso police from a motel in that city to report his attempted suicide and confessed to kidnapping Sikes and burying her body.
King said he and a friend, Gerald Peter Zwarst had been high on drugs when they ran Sikes' car off the road and abducted her.

King later reneged on an offer to tell police where the body was buried. Both men have blamed each other for Sikes' death and admitted burying the body near King's home. King and Zwarst were convicted of aggravated kidnapping in 1988 and sentenced to life in prison. Zwarst was offered immunity from a murder charge in 1990 if he would help find Sikes' body. Under hypnosis he drew a map of a field in San Leon, where he said he last saw Sikes, but her body was not found.
Authorities uncovered a white blouse during the search. Lab tests could not prove it belonged to Sikes, but her family is convinced the petite, handmade blouse was hers. The case remains open.

If you have any information concerning Sikes' whereabouts, please contact:
Galveston County Sheriff's Office
Texas Department Of Public Safety

You may remain anonymous when submitting information to any agency.

NCIC Number: M-199085895
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: Texas Department Of Public Safety

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