Sunday, August 2, 2009

Have You Seen Me?
~Deonna Shipman~

I have been featuring 'Have You Seen Me?' as they arrive in my mailbox. They are indeed those small pictures on the back of junk mail that's often times thrown away, without even a second glance. If you googled Deonna Shipman because of the "Have You Seen Me?" picture, and that's how you wound up reading this, please take an extra moment, and drop me a line on the comment box.

August 7th, 2009 will Deonna's 6th birthday. It will be her 3rd birthday away from her home and family. You are NOT forgotten, Deonna!
Glitter Graphics

By: Sarah Hall
07/23/08

More than 365 days.
Over five million minutes.
In excess of 31 million seconds.
That’s how long it’s been since Luba Shipman of Liverpool has seen her daughter.
Four-year-old Deonna was taken by her father, Jeffrey Shipman of North Syracuse, for his court-ordered visitation July 11, 2007. Neither has been seen since.
That’s when Luba Shipman became what experts call “the left-behind parent.”
Luba and her ex-husband, Jeffrey, shared joint custody of the little girl since their divorce three years ago. While Luba had physical custody, Jeffrey was allowed visitation. Both parents filed petitions seeking to modify the order in June of 2007 in Onondaga County Family Court.
At the family’s last court appearance, Jeffrey told Luba, “If I can’t have her, no one will.”
“I took it lightly,” she said shortly after her daughter’s disapperance. “I thought he was just angry.”
Deonna went to her father’s for her scheduled court-ordered visitation on Wednesday July 11. She was supposed to return by 5 p.m. Thursday July 12.
Instead, both Deonna and her father vanished.
Jeffrey Shipman’s car was found in the parking lot of the Rochester airport on July 19. Investigators have confirmed that he has taken Deonna and left the country.
“They’ve tracked him to London,” Luba Shipman said. “According to their passport activity [Jeffrey Shipman had insisted on taking his daughter’s passport, as Luba is originally from the Ukraine and he told the judge he feared she would leave the country with Deonna], their last exit was Heathrow Airport.”
Shipman said the FBI told her Jeffrey Shipman had bought two sets of tickets – one round-trip to Frankfurt, Germany and one to London. The tickets to Frankfurt were not used; investigators suspect Jeffrey Shipman bought them to throw them off his trail.
“But they have confirmed that he is definitely in England,” Luba Shipman said.
Still missing Deonna

That was written over a year ago!
Deonna is STILL missing, Jeffrey is STILL in hiding, and Luba is STILL going to bed every night, wondering WHERE her beloved daughter is!

I know firsthand what it's like to spend a birthday, holding on tight to that precious picture, wondering what your child looks like as another year passes you by....
Age Progression Photo

I've fallen apart in the department store, as 'I'll be home for Christmas' mocked my most intimate lonliness and pain...
And, I've seen 'that look' from friends/aquaintances, who were uncomfortable with conversation of my missing children.

A majority of the people I tried reaching out to, didn't understand my need to relive memories, in order to keep hope alive. So after awhile, I just quit reaching out.

I still hear the not-so-comforting, shallow advice from people who hadn't a clue.
'You HAVE to move on' and
'At LEAST they're with their dad' or
' Don't worry, they'll find you SOMEDAY'
were all meaningless, overused phrases to me. It shows how little the general public understands about the dynamics of a parental/familial abduction!
The Impact of Parental Child Abduction

NCMEC Printable Poster

Although this blog has not been updated for awhile, there are quite a few pictures of what Jeffrey might look like with or without beard, glasses, moustache, and hair
Find Deonna Shipman Blog

Deonna Shipman (Myspace)
America's Most Wanted

4 comments:

Lisa Weeks said...

Saw Deonna's picture on a Red Plum coupon flyer and ended up on your site. Thank you for doing this important work. God bless you! I have three sons of my own and can't imagine what you have been through. My prayers are with you and with all the missing kids and their families.

mammabear said...

Lisa,

Thank you for stopping by, and leaving a comment. More important, THANK YOU for going the extra mile. You saw Deonna's picture on the back of a flyer, and you took the time to investigate. THAT is the important work! If everyone were this diligent, more of our missing would be recognized by someone.

*off topic I stopped by your blog...you are right about 2 things.
1) YEP! That's about how it goes at Christmas time. (lol)
2) You should blog more often,
I enjoyed reading the little you do have posted! :)
Please take care, and again...
THANK YOU!

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Anonymous said...

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