Boyfriend of Travelers Rest woman missing for 20 years found dead

MARIETTA, S.C. — A longstanding person of interest in the case of a Travelers Rest woman who disappeared 20 years ago has died.

Shaun Shirley, a person of interest in the 1999 disappearance of Brooke Leigh Henson, was found dead in his mother's residence on Dacusville Road in Marietta last Tuesday morning.

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In the early morning hours of July 4, 1999, Henson left her home on Henderson Drive in Travelers Rest after telling her mother that she was going to walk to a store to buy cigarettes. She was never seen again.

According to the Travelers Rest Police Department investigation, Shirley, who was the then boyfriend of Henson, was at a party at Henson's house on July 3-4. He reportedly spent the night in Henson's room, asleep when she left to walk to the store.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said Shirley was found by a parent in the Dacusville Road home. Autopsy results to help determine a cause of death may take up to two months to get back, but deputies said there were no immediate signs of foul play.

The disappearance of Henson remains under investigation.

Travelers Rest Police Chief Ben Ford asks anyone with information about Henson's disappearance to call the police department at 864-834-9029 or Crime Stoppers (confidential) at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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