Flashback Friday: Shannon Ketron

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Shannon Patrick Ketron, a baby who is one of the very few children not featured on either the NCMEC or NamUs databases. He disappeared under very strange circumstances outside Cordell, Oklahoma on June 17, 1982, when he was seven months old. His mother stated he was abducted by an unknown man who knocked her unconscious.

There’s a report that Shannon was kidnapped on July 17, not June 17, but I know that’s not true because I found news reports about his abduction dated in June. There are also reports that he was as old as two years, but everything I found indicates he was an infant, and certainly he appears to be in his picture. Why the basic details of this disappearance are so mixed up I do not know.

If Shannon is still alive, he’d be 33 years old today.

10 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Shannon Ketron

  1. Alli January 2, 2015 / 3:35 am

    This story reminds me a lot of the Diane Downs case where she blamed the attack on her children which killed one and wounded two on the stranger who approached her car on a dark road when actually she was the perpetrator..Not sure what made me think of that.

  2. Orla January 2, 2015 / 4:06 am

    What is the significance of a case not being on Namus or Nmec

    • Meaghan January 2, 2015 / 4:19 am

      I have no idea. Probably it has no significance but it is unusual.

      • Orla January 2, 2015 / 5:19 pm

        I’m wondering what the usual procedure is when someone goes missing in the US…..if they are reported missing to the police are they then entered into Namus and or nmec as appropriate?

        Or who is responsible for these entries?

        I’m from Ireland,. So a much smaller country and when people are reported as missing to police that is who publicize the disappearances etc although there are private missing persons sites and pages.

        I guess I want to know how is it possible someone would NoT be entered into Namus or NMEC if they are a child?

      • Meaghan January 18, 2015 / 4:10 pm

        I’m sorry I’m a bit late answering this, Orla, but not all missing children are entered into the NCMEC. I know of cases where law enforcement or family has specifically asked for them NOT to be listed, though that seems strange to me.

    • forthelost January 2, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      Closed, possibly. It happened to Miguel Morin, and only by chance was he found at all.

  3. Justin January 2, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Your webpage for him lists the NCMEC under source information. Did he used to be on the NCMEC and was removed?

  4. Kat January 3, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    This case breaks my heart. I would love to see updates or more info but I truly do wonder what happened to that poor kid. Could it have happened? For sure. Did it? I don’t know. Answering Alli, depending on how old you are, I know I grew up with suspicion after Diane Downs and then Susan Smith (among others) to compound it, so who knows. I am shocked that there doesn’t seem to have been a lot of investigation. I doubt there is a positive outcome. I don’t have the link onhand, but Lisa Irwin’s parents just gave another interview, on Dr. Phil I think, I read the text and there again, I just don’t know. I’d be interested to see what happened to Shannon’s family and all……

  5. April Reeves March 8, 2018 / 9:51 am

    My name is April and i am Dustin Ketron cousin. Dustin is the father of Shannon Patrick Ketron. I just read this article and wanted to update you. Dustin recently passed away. His wife Ann and daughter Amber live together in Woodward ok. We’ve (the family) never been reunited with Shannon but he has never been far from our thoughts. He was loved and we’ve missed him dearly. With his father’s passing he has been in our thoughts again. I’ve always believed he would come back to us and it’s heartbreaking to think that if he indeed was to find us, or us to find him, that his father wouldn’t be here for that reunion. Dustin never stopped living and looking for his son.

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