The Charley Project is designed for missing people and is not an appropriate place to put up fugitives, so I really wasn’t sure about whether I should add Shannon Dion McCullough to my site or not. In the end I made a judgement call and decided to do so. I wanted to explain my reasoning.
I’ve got plenty of people listed on my site who had charges pending against them when they went missing. Usually it’s minor charges. McCullough’s charge was pretty major, as you can see in his casefile, and he was facing 15 years or possibly even more if convicted. That made me hesitate about posting him, because I wondered if he was running from the law. If I was facing 15+ years I might be tempted to run.
(For what it’s worth, I saw a post on a web board from one of McCullough’s family members saying he’s really not a bad guy or a violent one and the man he beat half to death was a big bad dude who was in a biker gang and had threatened McCullough with a knife. But moving on…)
However, I ultimately decided to post him for the following reasons:
- He’s already listed as a missing person on multiple perfectly reputable databases.
- His vehicle was found abandoned — wouldn’t he have taken it with him if was trying to get away?
- I couldn’t find any evidence that he had a habit of running, and he’d been in court for a lot of things, including at least one prior felony.
So Shannon McCullough was obviously not a model citizen but he does seem to be genuinely missing.