CANAAN – A local woman disappeared under mysterious circumstances during 2006 and Maine State Police continue to search for her, or her body.
Shirley Moon-Atwood, 38, went missing just months before her husband, Shannon Atwood, was charged with murder in the death of their roommate. Moon-Atwood remains one of the state’s missing people.
The couple was living together on the Hartland Road in Canaan when she disappeared.
Moon-Atwood was never reported missing. Maine State Police started to look for her after they began an investigation into the disappearance of the couple’s roommate, Cheryl Murdock, 38, in the summer of 2006.
Murdock’s body was located in August of that year in a wooded area off Scott Road in Canaan.
The following February, Shannon Atwood was charged with beating her to death.
Originally, state prosecutors charged him with two counts of murder, for Murdock and his wife, but the second set of charges were dropped without prejudice after a judge determined there should be two trials.
At the time, state prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to proceed to trial in the murder of Moon-Atwood, but added that the charge could be refiled at a later date.
Atwood was convicted in Murdock’s murder in February 2009 during a bench trial and sentenced to 55 years in prison.
That means he’ll be age 94 if he survives to complete his murder sentence.
Tom Delahanty was the Somerset County Superior Court Justice at the time who presided over the sentencing. He described the murder as a “cold, bloody bashing.”
Maine State Police recently posted on their Facebook page about Moon-Atwood’s active missing person case, saying “extensive searches have not located Shirley Moon-Atwood.”
Anyone with information into the disappearance of Moon-Atwood is asked to call the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit Central at 624-7143.