Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel

Missing Since: February 10, 1989
Missing From: Yuma, Arizona

Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel
Shemaeah Nicole Gunnel aged to 21 yearsAged to 21 years

  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 6, 1983
  • Age Missing: 5
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Black
  • Height: 4'0"
  • Weight: 50 lbs.
  • Gender: Female
  • Race: Black
Identifying Characteristics:

She has a birthmark behind her neck on the right side.


Shemaeah was last seen at her home on February 10, 1989. She has not been seen since. Her 26-year-old mother, Valerie Gunnel, was murdered in the family's apartment. Shemaeah and her 9-month-old sister, LeCresha Gunnel, were both missing. LeCresha's body was recovered from an irrigation canal in Mexico six days later. Valerie's live-in boyfriend, Alvie Copeland Kiles, was convicted of murdering all three members of the Gunnel family and was sentenced to death. Shemaeah has never been located.

Investigating Agencies:
  • Yuma Police Department: 1-928-783-4421
  • National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678
Case Numbers:
  • Police Case #: 890005387
  • NCIC Case #: M-713233121
  • NCMEC Case #: 731859

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