Thursday, October 6, 2011

DID CHILD KILLER PENTON KILL SHANNON SHERRILL?

A CHILLING Indiana cold case marked a sad anniversary Wednesday. Shannon Sherrill was just 6-years-old when she was last seen outside her mom's trailer home on Oct. 5, 1986. And things quickly went ice cold and it appears cops are no closer to a resolution today than they were in the 1980s.
But the tragic little girl's family has never given hope that the killer will be caught.
Over the years, detectives have followed leads involving David Elliott Penton, a man who is serving a life sentence in Ohio for murdering a 9-year-old girl there but there has never been enough evidence to put him on the hook for the grisly slaying. Indiana State Police recently began looking at the case again. In 2003, family members endured the pain of having someone come forward claiming to be Sherrill, but it was later determined to be a hoax. Donna Walker received an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to impersonation. Experts suspect that Penton is a serial killer who has cruised the country raping and killing young girls. A source said: "Look, Penton fits but there just isn't enough evidence to get an indictment. There's no doubt he's a monster and there's a very good chance that he had something to do with Shannon's disappearance."  MORE ON SHANNON SHERRILL

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