Shasta Himelrick went missing in Ohio around Christmas; first her car was found abandoned, and then her body was found in a river in early 2015. I don’t believe there’s an official cause of death on this case just yet, but there have been reports that blood was on the headrest in the car when found abandoned. This one got some attention because Shasta was reportedly pregnant at the time — had told her family over the holidays — which bears some resemblance to the Kelsie Schelling case in Colorado. There was also a good profile recently of Shasta in the eyes of some of her friends, and here’s one of her final tweets.
Her man was apparently Michael Owes — and you need to start there on thinking about what might have happened to Shasta Himelrick.
Start with this:
We should emphasize, of course, that it was unrelated charges.
Michael Owes is on Facebook listing Michelle Frankel as his girlfriend since October 26, 2006. The thing is, Michelle Frankel died in April (around the time Shasta was being arrested on drug charges). The Haller Funeral Home obituary writes that Michelle K Frankel died “unexpectedly April 28, 2014 at Adena Regional Medical Center.” The details surrounding Frankel’s death aren’t immediately known, but it is known that her brother is also dead (in unrelated incidents, reportedly). It’s rumored that drug use is responsible for one or both of these deaths.
If you look around at Owes’ Facebook, there’s some typical stuff you might see: American Gangster references, some weed videos, and a cryptic status about whether anyone has a blueprint for life.
There are some reports that Shasta Himelrick was picked up in April 2014 for drug charges (pipes, potentially) and at the time was listed as “homeless” on the intake form.
Seems like the general narrative here could be this:
- Himelrick was a great person, but a flawed one — just like all of us are.
- She was maybe involved with drugs back in the day, even as recently as last spring.
- Got in this relationship with Owes, they loved each other (or she loved him), and they got pregnant.
- Within about 48 hours of telling people (or at least telling her family), she goes missing.
To me, that points predominantly at Owes — but there could be other people involved, like former connections in the drug scene, etc. It could also be random.
If you look at the car being found as a decisive piece of evidence, there’s a couple of things to remember about that:
- It was out of gas and the battery was dead, which means it could have been a breakdown situation.
- Her grandmother and others, though, have told the media that the rural area where it was located — by some train tracks — isn’t anywhere that Shasta Himelrick would ever need to be.
Here’s a screenshot of the area where the car was supposedly found, via the good people at Websleuths:
As always, if you live in the area or know this case personally well, feel free to leave something in the comments for context.