Monday, May 28, 2007

Damien Sharp now missing 5 years, Warren, Pennsylvania

I first heard of Damien Mark Sharp through another missing person. There had been an article on Yolanda Bindics of Jamestown, New York (since found deceased, though her murder still seems to be unsolved); Damien; and another missing woman from New York named Lori Bova.
Here is the portion of the article on Damien. The article was originally published June 13, 2006.


But the rally was also meant to remember two others who disappeared without
a trace — Damien Sharp of Warren and Lori Bova of Lakewood.
‘‘We have this club that we don’t want anyone else to join,’’ said Janeane
Shanahan, Damien’s mother, as she stood beside her husband, Paul; Jim and Sue
Ceci, Ms. Bova’s parents; and Ms. Bindics.
Damien Sharp
Damien was last seen in Warren during Memorial Day Weekend in 2002 at the
age of 22. For Mr. and Mrs. Shanahan, May 25 marked the fourth anniversary of
his disappearance. Since he was living on his own, family members didn’t know he
was missing until more than a week had passed, reporting it to police on June 3.
In the wake of his disappearance, police searched areas of the Allegheny
Reservoir, the Allegheney National Forest and Morrison Run in the Warren
vicinity, but no evidence ever turned up.
Mr. and Mrs. Shanahan have in many ways been discouraged with the
investigation. Mr. Shanahan feels other agencies could have been more involved,
and both agree they could have been provided with more information.
‘‘There was a lot of conversation in the first couple months. Then it was
mostly us chasing them,’’ Mr. Shanahan said. ‘‘We have some frustrations with
how things have been handled.’’
‘‘(The case) needs a new perspective,’’ he added.
It wasn’t until March 2003 that the Warren City Police Department
reclassified the case as a criminal investigation rather than a simple missing
persons investigation. Under Pennsylvania law, the change allowed police broader
powers in their search.
‘‘Now we can consider him a victim. He no longer has the right to be
missing. Primarily we are starting from scratch,’’ Warren Police Chief Richard
Poorman told members of the press at the time.
In contrast, Mrs. Shanahan was impressed with the way the Jamestown Police
Department is handling the Bindics case, especially with the support they’ve
given Ms. Bindics’ family.
‘‘I look around here and see officials who came out for this. I think it’s
wonderful,’’ she said, pointing across the parking lot where several ranking
members of the Jamestown Police Department stood conversing with the crowd.


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 25, 2002
from Warren, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of
Birth: August 6, 1979
Age: 22 years old
Height and Weight: 5'7, 170
pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair,
blue/hazel eyes. Sharp has an ankh tattooed on his chest.
Clothing/Jewelry
Description: A dark-colored shirt and shorts.
Medical Conditions: Sharp's
ankle was injured at the time of his disappearance and he was on aluminum
crutches as a result.

Details of Disappearance
Sharp was last seen
when he was reportedly dropped off at a Memorial Day weekend party in Warren,
Pennsylvania on May 25, 2002. He was carrying a bookbag at the time of his
disappearance. He has never been heard from again. In March 2003, the
investigation into his disappearance was reclassified as a homicide, but few
details are available in his case and little evidence has been located to
determine his fate.

Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Warren Police Department
814-723-2700
You can also call Crimestoppers at 1-800-832-7469.
I haven't found an actual poster of Damien, but his Charley Project profile is probably concise enough to use.

Photo of Damien from the Charley Project.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

they found his body

Russell Roller said...

You are mistaken. Damien is still missing.

Anonymous said...

no he is not missing they found his body!

Russell Roller said...

As Damien's uncle I can assure you that the family has NOT been notified that anyone found Damien

Thank You

Russell Roller said...

As Damien Sharp's uncle I can without a doubt tell you no one has notified the family that Damien was discovered.

Thank You

Russell Roller said...

My nephew, Damien Mark Sharp is still missing. There are alot of rumors but the fact remains that his body nor his remains have been found.