Friday, August 28, 2009

MISSING - Toni Lee Sharpless

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By Dan Kristie, Journal Register News Service

Toni Lee Sharpless

There is still no sign of the West Brandywine woman who vanished early Sunday morning just after leaving a party in Lower Merion, Montgomery County.

Police said they have been searching diligently for Toni Lee Sharpless, 29, but that she has apparently disappeared without a trace.

"We checked financial records, cell phone activity — there's been nothing active," said Lt. Frank Higgins, of the Lower Merion Police.

Higgins dismissed speculation that her car could have crashed into one of the township's wooded areas.

"There are big properties here, but nothing a car could disappear into," Higgins said. "A lot of people don't realize that from where she was, she could've gotten onto I-76 in literally three minutes. It's a complete guess where she could've gone from there."

Sharpless was last seen by a female friend who had accompanied her to the party. The friend had accepted a ride home from Sharpless, but the two women soon got into an argument, and the friend got out of the car, police said.

Before attending the party, the two women had gone to Ice Nightclub in the Gladwyne section of Lower Merion, police said. The women were not well acquainted with those who threw the party, police said.

One of Sharpless' family members said Thursday afternoon that no one in the family has heard from her since her disappearance.

On the night of the party, Sharpless was driving a black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT with Pennsylvania registration DND-7772, police said. She is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, 135 pounds, with red hair and blue eyes. She was last seen on City Line Avenue in Philadelphia wearing a turquoise shirt, black tights and black sandals.

Investigators have asked that anyone who sees Sharpless or her car call West Brandywine police at 610-380-8201.


Anonymous said...

Glad to see that this made the front page of one area newspaper today.

Sad to see that many people go missing and some assume they run away, are depresssed or an addict.

The local people can help. Using internet tools to spread photos such as this are key to helping.

God Pray for her being safely located. I hope all parking garages, schools and stores, hospitals monitor their cameras
faithfully as perhaps we can find this woman soon!

Anonymous said...

Out of respect for those hoping their friend/daughter returns, I'd have hoped this would stay on top longer. Sad not many find it worthy of immediate front page news.