Sanders has not been heard from since June 19, 2001, when he called his family and said he was on his way home from Columbia, South Carolina. He was seen was around 9:51 p.m. at the Embassy Suites in Columbia, SC where he was planning a bachelor party for a friend. The phone call Shelton placed to his family in Rembert, SC was from his mobile phone. Police are saying that neither his cell phone nor his credit cards have been used since his disappearance.
In April 2003, the 1988 Oldsmobile Regency Sanders was driving the night he vanished turned up in the parking lot at Greenbrier Apartments in Northeast Columbia. Police believe it had been abandoned since Shelton's disappearance.
On October 5, 2005, the police arrested 30-year-old Mark Anthony Richardson. He was charged with murder and taken to the Richland County Jail. He was the last person with Shelton while he was alive. (Information retrieved from NamUs.gov)