Family of Tuscaloosa County murder victim Shae Ross still looking for answers


NORTHPORT, Ala. (WIAT) — A Brookwood family has not given up hope of getting justice for their murdered 11-year-old daughter, Heaven Shae Ross.

She went missing 16 years ago and her body was found three years later.
Beth Thompson wants closure and has not given up hope, so she continues to fight for justice for her daughter.

“My baby needs some closure and we need some closure,” Thompson said. “I need some justice for her. Because she hasn’t had any justice, there’s no closure. I want to know why that’s the biggest question why. She was an innocent little girl.”

Shae Ross disappeared Aug. 19, 2003 while walking from her home to the bus stop at the Willowbrook mobile home park in Northport.  The 11-year-old was headed to Collins Riverside Middle school but never made it there. 

“Somebody knows something, she didn’t vanish into thin air and I’ve said that from day one,” Thompson said. “There is somebody out there who has a guilty conscience and a very heavy heart”.

After Shae went missing, the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a large scale search for the missing girl. Three years later, her body was discovered under an abandoned house in the Holt community but investigators were never able to find the victim’s killer.

Beth Thompson is still heartbroken but is continuing to focus on her mission and wants everyone to remember her daughter. Every year Thompson makes shirts to pay tribute to her daughter’s memory.

“I want to keep her memory alive, I never want to forget her and I don’t anyone to forget her,” Thompson said. “If I had my way everyone would wear a Shae shirt. I get them made all the time, two times a year.”

Investigators are still looking for clues to solve this cold case. Anyone with information should contact the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s office.

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