Shepherd, approximately 2012
Date reported missing : 05/18/2012
Missing location (approx) :
Brentwood, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/06/1966 (55)
Age at the time of disappearance: 46 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0 - 6'2, 190 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black t-shirt, tan pants and tan sneakers.
Medical conditions : Shepherd may suffer from schizophrenia. He was suicidal at the time of his disappearance and suffering from paranoid delusions.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Shepherd has a scar in the middle of his forehead.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Shepherd was last seen in Brentwood, New York on May 18, 2012. He had been involuntarily committed to a psychiatric unit for a month and transported from the Stony Brook University Medical Center to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, New York.
Shepherd did not believe anything was wrong with him and refused to be medicated, so the hospital was attempting to get a court order to force him to take medication. On the Pilgrim Psychiatric Center grounds, while being transported to a court hearing, he jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the woods. He has never been heard from again.
Shepherd lived with his girlfriend in Port Washington, New York at the time of his disappearance; he left his vehicle at her home. He may still be in the local area. After his disappearance, his loved ones filed a $5 million negligence lawsuit against Stony Brook Hospital for allowing him to escape. His case remains unsolved.
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