It was a typical Spring day when Shirley Anne Gladney walked out of her Okolona, Mississippi, home. She was making her way to the Electric Department to pay her electricity bill. Instead of driving, the 20-year-old decided to walk to the office since it wasn’t that far away.

Shirley has never been seen or heard from again and her loved ones have been left with the mystery of what may have happened to her.

Although April 9, 1999, was the last day anyone physically saw Shirley, the young woman wasn’t reported missing until three days later. Very few details have been made available in regards to Shirley’s disappearance, and there hasn’t been any news coverage in recent years, if ever.

At the time of her disappearance, Shirley was 5 feet 7 inches tall and 125 pounds. She had black/dark brown hair, brown eyes, and both of her ears are pierced. It is unknown what she was wearing when she left her home. The exact circumstances regarding her last day and movements remain unclear.

Anyone with information about Shirley’s disappearance is urged to contact the Chickasaw Police Department at 662-447-5781, 662-456-3513, or their local authorities.

Please share this story to continue the conversation about what happened to Shirley Anne Gladney. No matter how long it has been or how little information has been made public, she is still our sister and her life matters.


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