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    bettybrown1623 Guest

    mystery Shelley Kathleen Sikes 5/24/198 TX

    Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse Online Bulletin

    Missing Person Details

    Date Picture Updated: 9/27/2001

    Name: Shelley Kathleen SikesCase Number: M8606005Case Type: Endangered - Foul Play PossibleLast Seen in: Galveston (Galveston County)Last Seen on: 5/24/1986Height: 4' 11" Weight: 90 lbs. Age Missing: 19 Eye Color: BrownHair Color: BrownDate of Birth: 9/2/1966Race: WhiteSex: FemaleState Missing From: TexasCountry Missing From: USACircumstances: Shelley is very petite in stature and was known to have made most of her clothing. She has a 1/2 inch long by 3/4 wide scar on her right knee and is unable to bend her right index finger.
    You can contact the Missing Persons Clearinghouse at :
    Missing Persons Clearinghouse
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    P O Box 4087
    Austin, Texas 78773-0422
    Phone: (512) 424-5074
    Helpline: (800) 346-3243
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    texasx Guest

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    Convicts up for parole 20 years after Shelly Sikes' murder

    05:25 PM CDT on Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    By Chau Nguyen / 11 News

    Thursday marks 20 years since a Texas City girl disappeared. There are now disturbing new developments.

    KHOU-TV

    Shelley Sikes

    Shelley Sikes was just 19 when two men admitted abducting her and burying her alive.

    Sikes had just left a Galveston Island restaurant where she worked.

    Her family and investigators question whether there is still justice for Shelley.

    Twenty years later they remember the victim through pictures and the stories. Shelley Sikes was a college student at the time of her death.

    Its always just right there under the surface, said Dana Wild, victims sister.

    Its a constant companion her loss, said Erin Sikes, victims mother.

    Shelly Sikes vanished from her familys lives exactly 20 years ago Thursday.

    Someway it seems like yesterday and sometimes its like a lifetime, said Erin Sikes.

    Now, the new ordeal is figuring out how to keep the men investigators said killed her, in prison.

    Erin Sikes said, The public does not deserve to have them unleashed on them.

    John King and Gerald Zwarst are up for parole next June.

    The men admitted running Shelley Sikes car off the road as she was driving home from the Galveston restaurant where she had been working. They said they abducted her and buried her alive.

    Both received life sentences on aggravated kidnapping convictions, but were never charged with her murder,

    The victims body was never recovered.

    We think about it often, said Mike Guarino, former prosecutor. I was D.A. for 20 years. I tried a lot of cases but this is one of the very worst.

    Tommy Hanson and Wayne Kessler were the lead investigators in the case.

    Hanson still keeps Sikes file on his desk, frustrated the men never revealed where they buried Sikes body.

    Through the years weve dug up acres and acres of land in this county based on tips weve had with no success, he said.

    Shelly Sikes family may never recover her remains, but they want justice.

    Now you may be wondering how the men could be up for parole even though they received life sentences. Well, at the time, a life sentence only meant a mandatory sentence of 20 years.

    Shelley Sikes family plans to petition the parole board to demand their continued incarceration.
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    texasx Guest

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    Sikes abductor could be paroled

    By Scott E. Williams
    The Daily News

    Published January 12, 2007
    TEXAS CITY One of Shelley Sikes abductors could do something this year that Sikes has not in more than 20 years come home.

    Sikes was 19 and on her way home from work on May 25, 1986, when John Robert King ran her off the road.

    Her abandoned vehicle was later found on the shoulder of Interstate 45, where witnesses told investigators that King and Gerald Zwarst had forced her into their pickup truck.

    Sikes was never seen again.

    King and Zwarst in 1988 were convicted of aggravated kidnapping, the most serious charge prosecutors could seek without a body, and sentenced to life.

    In Texas, however, life is not always life.

    Shelley Sikes father was among those who received letters from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The letter, dated Dec. 27, alerted him that officials were reviewing Kings case for possible parole.

    Eddie Sikes said he would take the agency up on its offer to comment on Kings release.

    We need to be keeping these kinds of people in jail, he said. Were always talking about cracking down on sex offenders; well, thats what these guys are.

    Galveston County Sheriffs Office Lt. Tommy Hansen, who investigated Shelley Sikes disappearance, said he would also oppose Kings release.

    Contrition is something parole board members consider, and Hansen said Kings refusal to tell anyone the location of Shelley Sikes body showed he had none.

    Weve repeatedly asked Mr. King to tell us where that girl is, and weve gotten no answer, Hansen said.

    Sheriffs Office spokesman Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo agreed, saying having Sikes remains would allow her family to achieve a measure of closure.

    From a purely humanitarian point of view, the family needs the chance to say goodbye, to give what they consider a proper farewell, he said.

    Eddie Sikes said all he wanted was a chance to give my daughter a Christian burial.

    Parole review is a process that takes about six months. After reviewing the original case and records of the subjects behavior in prison, as well as letters from both the victims and inmates sides, a panel votes. An inmate needs to get two votes from the three-member board to be released.

    Under state law at the time of Kings conviction, prisoners had to serve at least 20 years before becoming eligible for parole. Nearly a decade ago, legislators changed that minimum number to 30.

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    How To Help

    Anyone who knew John Robert King, Shelley Sikes or anything about Sikes disappearance and would like to voice an opinion on Kings parole can send a letter to Raven Kazen, director of victim services for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The address is P.O. Box 13401, Austin, TX, 78711-3401, and e-mail is victim.svc(at)state.tx.us .

    Shelley Sikes family and the officials who investigated her case asked anyone with information on her whereabouts to call the Galveston County Sheriffs Office tip line, at 866-248-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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    texasx Guest

    Default Re: Shelley Kathleen Sikes 5/24/198 TX

    Shelley Kathleen Sikes - Age 19, Caucasian, brunette, brown eyes. The University of Texas student who was home for the summer, was last seen just before midnight May 24, 1986. She left her summer job at Gaido's restaurant for her Texas City home but never made it. Her car was found on I-45's northbound feeder road, just north of the Causeway. In the deep mud just north of the Santa Fe overpass, the car was blood spattered and the driver's window smashed. Her body was never recovered, but Bayview resident John Robert King and El Lago resident Gerald Peter Zwarst later were convicted of aggravated kidnapping, the most severe charge prosecutors could pursue without a body, in the case.

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Offender Information Detail
    SID Number: 02060724
    TDCJ Number: 00485451
    Name: ZWARST,GERALD PIETER
    Race: W
    Sex: M
    Age: 55
    Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
    Current Facility: HUNTSVILLE
    Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
    Parole Eligibility Date: 2007-06-27

    SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR SCHEDULED RELEASE:
    Scheduled Release Date: Offender is not scheduled for release at this time.
    Scheduled Release Type: Will be determined when release date is scheduled.
    Scheduled Release Location: Will be determined when release date is scheduled.



    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Offense History:
    Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Sentence (Y-MM-DD)
    1986-05-25 AGG KIDNAPPING 1988-06-24 BRAZOS 18-049-361 9999-99-99

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

    Default Re: Shelley Kathleen Sikes 5/24/198 TX

    SID Number: 02559332
    TDCJ Number: 00479010
    Name: KING,JOHN ROBERT
    Race: W
    Sex: M
    Age: 52
    Maximum Sentence Date: LIFE SENTENCE
    Current Facility: MICHAEL
    Projected Release Date: LIFE SENTENCE
    Parole Eligibility Date: 2007-06-22

    SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR SCHEDULED RELEASE:
    Scheduled Release Date: Offender is not scheduled for release at this time.
    Scheduled Release Type: Will be determined when release date is scheduled.
    Scheduled Release Location: Will be determined when release date is scheduled.
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Offense History:
    Offense Date Offense Sentence Date County Case No. Sentence (Y-MM-DD)
    1986-05-25 AGG KIDNAPPING 1988-04-13 JEFFERSON 50022 9999-99-99

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    Texaskowgirl Guest

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    Shelley Sikes abductor parole request denied

    By Scott E. Williams
    The Daily News
    Published October 13, 2007

    GALVESTON Shelley Sikes has not been home in 20 years. Her abductors will not be going home anytime soon, either.

    The state parole board has rejected John Robert Kings parole. King, serving a life sentence for aggravated kidnapping, became eligible for early release this year, after serving 20 years of his sentence.

    In 1988, a jury convicted both King and Gerald Zwarst of aggravated kidnapping in Sikes 1986 disappearance. In May, the parole board rejected parole for Zwarst.

    In both mens cases, heaps of letters were among the considerations parole members took. Sikes parents led a letter-writing campaign to keep both King and Zwarst in prison.

    Sikes family has said it would oppose parole for the men unless they said where her body was so it could be recovered for a proper burial.

    Lt. Tommy Hansen, the Galveston County Sheriffs Office detective in charge of investigating the case, said the boards decision to deny Kings petition for parole showed that officials would listen to the public.

    This shows that theres strength in numbers, Hansen said. I couldnt tell you exactly how many letters were sent, but I know from talking to the parole office that when they came in after the weekend that the parole news hit the media, it took them days to get all the messages sorted out.

    The kidnapping charge was the most serious that prosecutors could seek without a body.

    Both King and Zwarst will be able to petition the parole board again in 2012.

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