Another unreported missing child

I found a series of articles about Tia McShane, who would be eleven years old today, if she is still alive, which she probably isn’t. She had cerebral palsy, was confined to a wheelchair and really couldn’t do anything for herself. Tia’s mother died this past June and then her father, who hadn’t seen Tia since she was three, began looking for her.

Tia was last seen in the fall of 2006. In the past five years she hasn’t used her Medicaid card, and her mother, Alicia McShane, said she’d given her daughter into foster care. Alicia said she gave her up because she couldn’t take care of her medical needs. The story wasn’t true, but no one questioned it until Alicia died and Tia’s dad, William, tried to find her.

Well, they found a storage unit Tia’s mom had rented. She stopped making payments in March 2009. Inside the unit were human bones. No prizes for guessing whose.

I really need to make a list of children who weren’t reported missing for months or years after their disappearances. Offhand I can think of Qua’mere Rogers, Rilya Wilson and several others.

Articles about Tia:
Fox 10 TV (with picture)
Fox 10 TV again (with another picture)
The Pensacola News-Journal

18 thoughts on “Another unreported missing child

  1. Princess Shantae September 30, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    Brittany Williams. Garnell I can’t remember his last name but I think it was Moore or Miller or something that starts with m.
    These kids with serious disabilties are very vulnerable b/c they can’t tell someobyd if something is wrong and they are totally dependant on who ever is supposed to be in charge of them. And b/c of their health problems they don’t have a lot of friends or anybody that can notice when they are gone. And there isn’t getting around it, trying to take care of them is very expensive and frustrating. The wrong kind of so called parent would not ask for help and would just either let the kid die without trying to get it the things it needs, or would kill it off and then go around telling people they put the kid in foster care.

  2. Kim Clark Esposito September 30, 2010 / 8:59 pm

    This is so very sad. Good to know that someone decided to look for her. At least now she can rest peacefully!

  3. danielle October 1, 2010 / 12:45 am

    In a few blogs I see LE…what does it mean??

      • danielle October 1, 2010 / 10:07 am

        Thanks…I see it all the time.

  4. Jaime October 1, 2010 / 7:53 am

    This is so tragic sad and uncomprehendable. Have you seen the article out of Philadelphia about the Jane Doe that is unconcious and obviously unidentified? I believe one article on the case is from Fox News.

  5. Candice October 1, 2010 / 10:19 am

    Its so sad. This poor girl couldnt fend for herself..I doubt she’s alive.

  6. Princess Shantae October 1, 2010 / 11:03 am

    No, definately not still alive. Who else’s bones would be in her “mother’s” sotrage locker?

  7. Jeanne October 1, 2010 / 11:23 am

    I may be reading too much between the lines, but it is too bad Tia’s father didn’t stay in her life and help take responsibility for her care. Princess said it well above–care of a handicapped child is expensive and frustrating; it is also isolating and exhausting, and extremely hard to do without help.

    The thought of a helpless little girl in a wheelchair going without is almost too much this morning.

    • Meaghan October 1, 2010 / 3:58 pm

      I wouldn’t be so quick to judge the father. There could be a lot of reasons why he wasn’t in contact with her — one of them being that perhaps the mother wouldn’t allow it.

      • Jeanne October 2, 2010 / 11:26 am

        Yes, there could be a lot of reasons the dad wasn’t in contact with his child. But most reasons come back to the parent not wanting to be in contact. He was obviously in touch with someone to know the mother died. I guess I feel if he hadn’t seen Tia since she was three, he didn’t try very hard to be a parent.

        Your point is well taken, but, yeah, these stories make me grouchy.

  8. Jaime October 1, 2010 / 1:57 pm

    One of the victims of the Houston serial killer Dean Corll has been “reidentified” Michael Baulch was believed to be correctly identified and buried with his brother Billy but LE realized that their was a mistaken identification of 1 set of remains. They are now disinterring the remains of the unidentified murder victim to get a DNA sample. The News articles so far are out of the Houston area.

  9. Princess Shantae October 1, 2010 / 7:24 pm

    Oh God, I read the book about him which I think is called The Man With the Candy, years agoy. He was just horrible even for a serial killer. And those two stupid boys he had working for him. Only decent thing Elmer Henley ever did in his whole life was shoot Corll, but of course he only did that when his own butt was on the line. The rest of the time he was happy to collect his $200 and his beer and glue to sniff. Him and the other boy were just as sick as Corll was, and if he didn’t come along and get them started they would of done their own killings eventually.
    Mike Baulch’s brother was killed by the same man, a year apart. There was another set of brothers killed too. And one boy’s dad was a cop who died of a heart attack during the search for him when he first went missing. Its almost a blessing the poor man didn’t have to find out what had happened to his son..

  10. Justin October 1, 2010 / 11:05 pm

    What did Alicia McShane die of?

  11. Zoe October 1, 2010 / 11:13 pm

    Hoping it was something long and painful, Justin? :o) Probably shouldn’t say that …

  12. Kat October 2, 2010 / 12:12 pm

    Ouch. I would guess starvation/suffocation/something related to her disease but not obviously from it. If the mom just let her go without food or treatment, it is the same murder as suffocating her.

    • Zoe October 2, 2010 / 5:46 pm

      Alicia was the mother, not the child.

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