On the morning of December 2, 2000, Sharon tells her husband, John, that she was going to go Christmas shopping that day. Before leaving their home, Sharon told him that she would be home around 4:30pm. According to John, they had planned to go to Seattle that night for a motorcycle show and dinner. When she had not returned at 5:30pm when John woke up from a nap, he called her best friend, Mary, and asked if she had seen or heard from her.
Mary later found Sharon's car in the parking lot of the mall, only 50 feet away from an entrance at 10:00pm. Sharon's cell phone and her gun were inside of the locked car, but there were no Christmas gifts, signaling that she had not been shopping yet. There has not been any activity on any of her credit cards, social security number, or bank accounts since that day.