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Shawntell Monique Waites

A young woman disappears 3 years before several remains are found in West Mesa

  • Last updated: March 10, 2022
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • March 15, 2006

Overview of Shawntell Monique Waites

Unfortunately, there is not much information available about Shawntell or her disappearance. The only information that is currently known is that she was last seen in March of 2006 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and has not been seen or heard from since. 

Shawntell was one of the numerous young women ranging from 15 to 32 years old who were reported in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area between 2001 and 2008, all of which were involved in sex work and drugs. In 2009, a woman walking her dog found a human bone which led to the discovery of skeletal remains of 11 women and girls which were recovered in an area on the outskirts of Albuquerque, commonly known as West Mesa. Although Shawntell's remains have not been found, investigators worry that she may have fallen victim to the same fate. 

Shawntell Monique Waites was 29-years old at the time of her disappearance in 2006, has brown hair, brown eyes, a tattoo on her upper-right leg of the word "LADY" and both of her ears pierced. She was around 5'7 and weighed around 130 lbs in 2006, is missing 7 teeth, has fillings in another 7, and has one crown. Today, Shawntell would be 44-years old and she may be using her middle name, "Monique".

Shawntell has a daughter who misses her mother dearly, as well as several grandchildren who have never had the chance to meet their grandmother. If you have any information regarding Shawntell's disappearance, please contact the New Mexico Department of Public Safety's Missing Person Hotline at (800) 457-3463, the Albuquerque Police Department at (505) 924-6000, or email your tip to Detective Ida Lopez at Ilopez@cabq.gov.


  1. Date Missing:March 15, 2006
  2. Birthday:November 6, 1976
  3. Current Age:47
  4. Age at Incident:29
  5. NAMUS Number:MP621
  6. Race:African-American / Black
  7. Gender:Female
  8. Height:5'7"
  9. Weight:130 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Brown

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