What happened to Sharon Sons?
Family hopes for answers
Friday, November 09, 2012 10:00 AM
A Kentucky woman disappeared nearly 20 years ago, yet her family continues to hold out hope that someone has the information that might give the family closure to the case.
Sharon Sons, who was living in Lexington, Ky., with a boyfriend, disappeared Oct. 20, 1993. Weeks later, Sons' boyfriend Willie King told police that Sons had taken a walk to a nearby coin-operated laundry and never returned.
But Sons' family doesn't believe that's the whole story, sister Debbie Collins said. Neither do police.
"He had filed a missing-persons report before he contacted us," Collins said. "That was always suspicious to us."
Sons, 28, left behind an 11-year-old son, and she wouldn't just leave without telling them, Sons' family told police.
Police cleared King, Collins told a private detective who is looking into the case, and another former boyfriend also was cleared.
But the family still doesn't have much more information about her disappearance now than they did nearly two decades ago.
"We're hoping someone will come forward," Collins said. Sons' family, who lives throughout Carroll and Scott counties in Kentucky, plans to hold three candlelight vigils to bring attention to the case. "We want closure, and we want justice," she said.
Collins remembers the days before her sister disappeared. She remembers talking to her sister on the telephone quite often, even though she had moved away from family to be with her boyfriend of about four months. Then the telephone calls stopped.
"We thought she was still with him," Collins said. "But I kind of felt like something was wrong."
King told the family Sons had been missing for weeks and that he had filed a missing-person report. King said Sons had walked to a nearby laundry to visit a relative who managed it.
Even though police pursued a few leads in the case early on, a lot of time had been lost in reporting a missing person. Eventually the case went cold.
No one was arrested in connection with the case, and no trace of Sons was found.
"They didn't give us very much information at all," Collins said.
Nineteen years later, family members and the Lexington Division of Police believe Sons was most likely murdered. Still, the family would like to know exactly what happened, or if Sons is still out there somewhere.
The family is turning to the public to ask if anyone remembers or knows something about the disappearance of Sons in 1993.
Three candlelight memorials will be held for Sons over two months. The first will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Point Park in Carrollton, Ky. The second will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Scott County Park in Georgetown, Ky. A third vigil will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 on Cave Run Road in Fayette County, Ky., which was the last known location of Sons in 1993.
According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, Sons has strawberry blond hair and green eyes. She was last seen wearing a shirt, knee-length jean skirt and tennis shoes. She wore a plain gold chain with flexible cross, a gold necklace that said "Willie" and had three or four rings. She also had pierced ears and a tattoo of a rose on her right ankle that was partially colored.
Anyone with information about Sons' disappearance can contact the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Police in Lexington, Ky., at (859) 258-3563. A toll-free number, (877) 818-3341, has also been set up for anonymous tips or leads.