Three months later and the search continues for Sheetz, the missing hiker in Pendleton County

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:56 PM EDT
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PENDLETON COUNTY, W. Va. (WHSV) - It’s been three months since 24-year-old Cassie Sheetz was last seen hiking with two men near Spruce Knob, and the search for her whereabouts continue.

Back in March, police told WHSV they received a report for three hikers who were missing while hiking in the Monongahela National Forest. They say two of the hikers were found, one male by a vehicle and another male coming out of the forest.

The third hiker, who is Sheetz, was still missing. Police said they believe Sheetz has no previous experience hiking in that area.

West Virginia State Police used aviation equipment and K-9′s to search the forest but were unable to find her.

As of Friday, police say they are not actively searching for Sheetz but are investigating more than a dozen leads that were submitted. Police say some of those leads were speculative and are no longer able to talk to the two men who were with Sheetz after one obtained a lawyer.

Arlene Shelton, Sheetz’s mom, says family members have been searching for her daughter along with community members, but have still found nothing.

“We’re finding nothing, no shoes, no clothes, no hair, nothing,” Shelton said. “There’s no sign that she was ever at Spruce Knob so we don’t know what else to do.”

Shelton says she knows her daughter would not go for a hike that challenging without being prepared and is asks if anyone knows anything to come forward.

“Right now, I’ve heard everything from her being shot to her being thrown off a cliff to her just being left somewhere rotting and no one can find her,” Shelton said.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Sheetz, contact West Virginia State Police.

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