Reward offered in 1994 disappearance, death of Alabama teenager

Published 9:24 pm Thursday, December 30, 2021

A $5,000 reward is being offered by Central Alabama Crime Stoppers for information in the 1994 disappearance and subsequent death of a 15-year-old girl.

Though it’s been more than 27 years since Chanty Shiverdecker vanished, Crime Stoppers said Wednesday that investigators believe someone is holding information that might help bring closure to her family, reported.

Shiverdecker, a sophomore at Benjamin Russell High School, disappeared Dec. 9, 1994, after leaving basketball practice. She was supposed to call her 16-year-old brother to pick her up, but she was never heard from or seen again. On Feb. 25, 1995, Alabama state troopers received an anonymous call about a body in Coosa County. The girl’s remains were found in a wooded area near Alabama Highways 9 and 22. Her school book and purse were also found in the same area.

Because of the condition of her remains, authorities weren’t able to determine a cause of death.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Shiverdecker family,’’ lead investigator Alexander City Detective Drew Machen said. “We are dedicated to bringing closure and justice to your family.”

Chanty Shiverdecker’s brother, Christopher Shiverdecker, marked the 27th anniversary of his sister’s disappearance with a Facebook post on Dec. 9.

“27 years is a long time to spend countless days considering the same unanswered questions. To be lost in a terrible limbo of suspicion and wonder. To know that there is an answer out there but to remain elusive to this day. It’s been 27 years to the day that my sister went missing and the case is still unsolved,” he wrote.

But he said he remains optimistic “that answers may be possible.”

“The internet and Facebook have been invaluable tools in spreading awareness of this case. … It is, as it always has been, my hope that the right person does the right thing and come forward with the answers to allow this case to finally be closed,” he said.

The post asks that anyone with information about his sister’s disappearance please contact the Coosa County Sheriff’s Office, or Machen at 256-329-6746 or Crime Stoppers at 334-215-STOP.