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Case File 348DFSC

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Left: Johnson, circa 1992;  Right: Age-Progression by NCMEC to age 18.

Shanta Marie Johnson
Missing since July 19, 1992 from Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina.
Classification: Non Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: January 3, 1989
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 3' 0" - 91 cm; 44 lbs - 20 kg
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black female. Black hair; brown eyes.
  • Clothing: A navy blue shirt, white shorts and white tennis shoes with blue trim.
  • AKA: Shante Marie Reid

Circumstances of Disappearance
Shanta and her adoptive mother visited Briarcliffe Mall in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 19, 1992. The mother told authorities that Shanta disappeared near the toy department of the K-Mart store inside the shopping center during the afternoon hours. They were visiting from Cumberland County, N.C.

The couple had begun adoption proceedings for the child and her younger brother three months earlier. Shanta, formerly Shante Reid was born in Wilmington to a mother addicted to drugs. The baby tested positive for cocaine at birth.

A review of store surveillance tapes showed that the adoptive mother entered the store alone.
On May 5, 1992, a doctor examined Shanta and pronounced her in excellent health. A month later, Shanta was seen by doctors at Duke University Medical Center for health problems associated with her birth.

According to the records the doctors at Duke noticed physical and mental problems, including bruises, scratches and extreme fear in a child who previously had appeared to be extroverted. She had bitten her fingernails so severely that her fingertips bled.

No charges has been filed in Shanta's disappearance. FBI and Horry County investigators suspect that Shanta never entered South Carolina.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Horry County Police Department, SC
Captain Dale Buchanan

Agency Case Number: 9224486

NCMEC #: NCMC776350

NCIC Number: M780890095
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
The Sun News 10/3/02

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