On June 15, 1996, Shannon Verhage was born to Rachel Timmerman. My brother and Rachel's brother were good friends. Although I never knew Rachel, her story and Shannon's story have touched me, perhaps because I also had a child born in 1996.
Six weeks after Shannon was born, Rachel was raped by Marvin Gabrion. Gabrion was arrested for the rape. Gabrion was then released on bond. Just before the date of the rape trial(6/6/97), Rachel and Shannon disappeared. On June 3rd, 1997, she and Shannon got into a car with an unknown male, stating they would return in two hours, yet they did not return.
Rachel's remains were found a few weeks later on July 5th in a nearby lake-she had been bound, gagged, chained to blocks and thrown into the lake alive.
Shannon has not been seen since.
An alleged witness to the rape, Wayne Davis, is also missing. The man Rachel is believed to have left her father's home with, John Weeks, a known associate of Gabrion's, has never been seen again.
In October of '97, Gabrion was captured in upstate NY, living under the identity Robert Allen. Allen was a transient from MI. Gabrion was collecting Allen's social security checks.
Allen's whereabouts are unknown.
Some believe that Shannon may still be alive, given over to other "associates" of Gabrion who would not, it is believed, harm her.
Michigan does not have the death penalty, but as the murder occured on federal land-the lake Gabrion dumped an ALIVE Rachel in, was on FEDERAL property,, prosecutors were able to secure the death penalty for Gabrion under federal law in 2002. Gabrion has appealed twice that I am aware of, so far his appeals have failed. Yet even from prison he speaks, his associates have Gabrion is Innocent websites, and Gabrion himself, has a website, from prison.
Gabrion refuses to discuss Shannon, in any way. Yet his poetry speaks loudly on his prison page.
10 year's missing news story
Gabrion's federal prison web page
Shannon's Grandma's page-