The Doe Network:
Case File 833DMWV

1 2 Age-Progression
Left and Center: Shoemaker, circa 1994; Right: Age progressed by NCMEC to age 18 (circa 2007)

Victor Dewight Shoemaker
Missing since May 1, 1994 from Kirby, Hampshire County, West Virginia.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Shoemaker was visiting his step-grandfather, at his trailer on Short Mountain, near Kirby, West Virginia with his family in May 1994.
He was last seen playing with children in the woods near Short Mountain. He was last seen by his two cousins, boys aged 8 and 9. He left the group and has not been seen since. No one noticed that he had been missing until they were going back home. A thorough search by police produced no clues.
Just one main road passes through the area, but it is not heavily traveled. Short Mountain is a long, relatively low mountain. There are 8,000 acres to it. Much of it is a public hunting area.
Shoemaker is described as a healthy, energetic, very bright boy who listens.
More than 350 volunteers, aided by heat-sensing equipment, combed the mountain for four days under the direction of the Charlottesville-based Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference, but found no sign of J.R.

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

West Virginia State Police
Trooper R.E. Cooper, Jr.

Agency Case Number: 9403604

NCMEC #: NCMC790164

NCIC Number: M-731878694
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Child Protection Education Of America
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Daily News-Record
West Virginia State Police
Daily Press (Newport News, VA) 5/1/1995

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