Shelva Jean Rafte

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Above Images: Rafte, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 29, 2006 from Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 24, 1962
  • Age: 44 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1 - 5'3, 110 - 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown or green eyes. Rafte has an appendectomy scar on her abdomen. Her maiden name is Conrad.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A powder-blue shirt, denim capri pants with rhinestones on the back pockets, and sandals.
  • Medical Conditions: Rafte was taking prescription medication at the time of her disappearance for unspecified reasons. She does not have her medicine with her.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Rafte attended her daughter's graduation party in Nicholson Borough, Pennsylania on May 28, 2006. She was accompanied by her boyfriend. They left together at 10:30 p.m. Rafte's boyfriend stated that after the party, he and Rafte went to his residence on Market Street in Jenkins Township, Pennsylvania. They had argument there and she left to walk home during the early morning hours of May 29, sometime after 1:00 a.m. Rafte was last seen in the area of Market and River Streets in Jenkins Township. She has never been heard from again. She was carrying a pink purse at the time of her disappearance.

    Rafte resided alone on Cleveland Street in Pittston, Pennsylvania in 2006. Her home is about a mile from her boyfriend's residence. When authorities checked her residence, nothing appeared to be amiss. The television was on, the doors were locked, Rafte's car was parked in the driveway, and her tax refund check was in the mailbox. She frequented the areas of Jenkins Township in Luzerne County, Nicholson Borough in Wyoming County, and the city of Harrisburg in Dauphin County; she has relatives living in all of those places.

    Rafte's loved ones stated she was under stress at the time of her disappearance due to her life circumstances. Prior to her disappearance, Rafte worked as a waitress at the Scott 60 truck stop on Interstate 81 in Scott, Pennsylvania. She knew many truck drivers as a result of her job. Rafte's daughter believes her mother may have gotten a ride with a truck driver on the night of her disappearance and possibly traveled out of state.

    Rafte has four children. She is believed to be missing under suspicious circumstances, but there is no hard evidence of foul play in her case. Her boyfriend is not being called a suspect in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers
    800-472-8477

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    Source Information
    Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers
    The Times-Tribune
    The Times Leader
    MySpace Page for Shelva Rafte
    Project Jason
    Investigation Discovery: the Criminal Report Daily
    Bring Shelva Home

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 8, 2010; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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