Sheriff's Office Announces Developments in 26-Year-Old Double Homicide
SAN ANGELO--On July 4th, 1988, Sally Ann McNelly and Shane Paul Stewart were murdered, in a double homicide case that eventually made national headlines.
Twenty-six years later, local law enforcement officials are still searching for the killer--or killers--and the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference on Tuesday to announce two major developments in the case.
“We want to keep this case in front of the public,” said Sgt. Terry Lowe. “We’re still working hard to get this case solved.”
“In the last week we have had two major developments; we have tracked down a person of interest to a foreign country, with the assistance of the [United States] Department of State, and we’ve also exhumed the body--the remains of Shane Stewart--for DNA purposes. Those samples have been taken to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) lab in Lubbock, and we are awaiting results.
Sgt. Lowe said investigators were “covered up” with leads during the original investigation, as Crime Stopper’s operators forwarded more than one million tips after national television coverage of the case triggered a deluge of leads in the case.
Lowe gave a brief synopsis of the details.
“It was two teenagers--boyfriend and girlfriend—Sally was 18 and Shane was 16, and they went out to [Lake] Nasworthy for the fireworks display and their skeletal remains were found in November.
“It was a high-profile crime back then as it is today; Unsolved Mysteries aired it in 1991, so it’s had national attention, and we’ve been in contact with several of the shows that are on today—Cold Justice for one, and Dateline—they have all expressed an interest," Lowe Said.
Lowe said the case is listed as one of the top 12 unsolved cases on the DPS website.
Shane and Sally were last seen alive on July, 4th, 1988 by a park ranger inside Isabel Harte Park at O.C. Fisher Lake on July 4, 1988, close to midnight. They were seen inside Stewart’s copper-colored 1980 Chevrolet Camaro.
The following morning, the vehicle was found empty at a different location inside the park.
The pair were listed as Missing Persons on July 7th, 1988
On November 11th, 1988, the remains of Sally McNelly were found four miles south of FM 584, in the southeast portion of Twin Buttes Reservoir’s South Pool area.
On November 14, the remains of Shane Stewart were found nearby.
Unsolved Mysteries aired a segment detailing the double homicide on September 18th, 1991.
Numerous tips and information resulted in thousands of hours of investigations over several years.
The case has never been closed.
Sgt. Lowe said no stone is being left unturned in the investigation and anyone with information is urged to contact San Angelo Crime Stoppers at 325-658-4357 or Sgt. Terry Lowe at 325-655-8111.