Still no sign of missing Stephenville woman; sheriff says new clues suggest foul play unlikely.


Sharla Shaffer

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


There is still no sign of Sharla Shaffer, a Stephenville woman who went missing after going for a ride on her bicycle Friday evening, but Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates said on Sunday that new clues suggest that foul play is not involved in the 48-year-old’s disappearance.


“We can’t talk about the evidence right now because the investigation is ongoing,” Coates told Beneath the Surface News. “But we know that she left on her own and investigators found evidence on Saturday that lead us to believe that foul play is unlikely.”

Coates would not discuss the evidence investigators have uncovered.


Sharla reportedly dropped off her son at her mother’s house about 5:30 p.m. Friday to go on a bike ride and when she hadn’t returned by 9, her mother reported her missing, Coates said.

“We called in the search dogs with the Texas Department of Corrections, but they weren’t able to pick up a scent,” Coates said. “We have no idea which direction she headed.


“The search lasted until about 11 p.m. last night (Saturday) and investigators are out looking for her again this morning.”

The Erath County Sheriff’s Office has also issued a region-wide attempt to locate bulletin with law enforcement agencies.


Sharla left her home without her purse or cell phone.


Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the ECSO AT 254-965-3338.