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Henson, circa 2010
Missing Since 02/24/2010
Key West, Florida
Classification Lost/Injured Missing
Date of Birth Used 03/19/1972 (49)
Age 37 years old
Height and Weight 5'0 - 5'5, 135 - 145 pounds
Medical Conditions Henson is an alcoholic.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Henson's nickname is Shelley. She has an appendectomy scar on her abdomen and several scars on her ankles. Her ears are pierced one time each and her fingernails are short. She broke a front tooth as a child and had it capped.
Details of Disappearance Henson was last seen in Key West, Florida on February 24, 2010. She lived in a houseboat offshore in Cow Key Channel. Two men who lived in nearby houseboats, Darrell Henshaw and Brendan Coughlin, reported her missing the next day.
They stated they saw Henson taking a dinghy from her boat to shore at 11:15 a.m. The next day, her bike was found locked in its usual spot on the seawall, but Henson and her dinghy were gone.
Henson's mother stated her daughter had been romantically involved with both Henshaw and Coughlin. Authorities were initially unable to find the men to interview them about her case. They eventually located and questioned them. Both men had gone to Miami, Florida to look for work the day after they filed the missing persons report, which is why they couldn't be found.
Henson is an alcoholic, has previously been homeless and has had several run-ins with the law; she was arrested at least seven times in the four years prior to her disappearance. In September 2009, she was charged with attempted murder after she allegedly attacked a male acquaintance and tried to slit his throat with a box cutter; he had to get nine stitches.
The charge was later reduced to felony domestic battery, then to misdemeanor battery. She pleaded guilty and was released from jail on February 5, after 148 days in custody. She was on probation for the offense at the time of her disappearance and is now wanted as an absconder.
Authorities stated they don't suspect a crime in Henson's case and think she may have met with an accident at sea. Boating conditions were bad on the day of her disappearance, with strong winds and rough seas. Her mother believes foul play could have been involved in her disappearance, however. Her case remains unsolved.
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