By Troy Treasure
The body of Matthew Allen Shaw, 36, of Bethel was discovered Friday in rural Shelby County.
Shaw had been missing for two weeks.
Individuals associated with Christian Aid Ministries assisted the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the search. According to MSHP Sgt. Eric Brown, Shaw’s body was located at approximately 10 a.m. Shaw was pronounced dead at 11:15 a.m. by Shelby County Coroner Corey Eagan.
An autopsy was to be performed at the Boone County Medical Examiner’s Office in Columbia.
Shaw disappeared Friday, May 15 following a motor-vehicle accident at Route 168 and Shelby County Rd. 255 east of Shelbyville at approximately 9:50 p.m.
MSHP, the Sheriff’s Department and Salt River Ambulance District responded to the location.
According to Brown, statements of witnesses identified the driver as Shaw but he had left the accident scene. Attempts by law enforcement that evening to find Shaw were unsuccessful.
“On (Tuesday) May 19, 2020, Shaw was reported missing to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office,” Brown said in a statement. “On May 19, 2020, members of Shaw’s family, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol returned to the scene of the crash and searched the area for Shaw. The search was not successful. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office continued their investigation.”
In the end, Shaw was found in vicinity of the accident scene.
Brown indicated the case remains “an active investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.”