Shanta Marie Johnson
Left: Shanta, circa 1992;
Right: Age-progression at age 16 (circa 2005)
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: July 19, 1992 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: January 3, 1989
Age: 3 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0, 44 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Black hair, brown eyes. Shanta may use the last name Reid.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A navy blue shirt, white shorts and white tennis shoes with blue trim.
Details of Disappearance
Shanta's adoptive mother, Susan M. Johnson, says she and Shanta visited Briarcliffe Mall in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on July 19, 1992. Susan told authorities that Shanta disappeared near the toy department of the K-Mart store inside the shopping center at approximately 3:30 p.m.
The K-Mart surveillance tapes showed Susan entering the store alone, which is inconsistent with her version of events. However, Susan has not been charged or publicly named as a suspect in her daughter's disappearance. Shanta's biological mother was in prison on a drug charge in 1992; she was interviewed by police but had no useful information. The child's case remains unsolved.
Susan and Shanta resided in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1992.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
The Sun News
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.
Last updated October 16, 2005; age-progression and details of disappearance updated.