The body of missing Bradenton Florida woman Stephanie Shenefield was found in a ditch six days later

A couple walking their dogs Thursday night found the body of a Bradenton woman in a drainage ditch six days after she went missing.

Stephanie Shenefield, 38, was last seen on June 3rd. Her mother reported her missing to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and has started a missing person investigation, Sheriff Rick Wells told reporters Friday.

Wells said the family told deputies that this behavior was out of character for Shenefield, who had no contact with anyone.

After searching her laptop, Wells said detectives found that Shenefield had taken an Uber to the home of William Redden, whose relationship with Shenefield is still under investigation, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Redden initially claimed not to know where she had gone after coming over at 1am

CCTV footage, however, told a different story. Redden appeared to wrap her body in a sheet and drag Shenefield’s body through his home and into his car at around 12:20 p.m

“Sometime during the night Stephanie dies in this residence. We don’t know the cause of death,” Wells said. “But what we’re doing is that William Redden isn’t doing anything about it. He doesn’t call 911. He doesn’t call authorities. He doesn’t call anyone.”

Wells said the body was badly decomposed and it took a while to identify it.

Redden was arrested and charged with abusing a dead body, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and possession of an altered firearm due to the lack of a serial number. He is currently in the Manatee County Jail on $108,000 bail.

Shenefield’s friend of 10 years, Jennifer Massrock, told Spectrum News that she went deaf after hearing the news.

“He deserves whatever he gets,” Massrock said. “We will do justice to Stephanie.” The body of missing Bradenton Florida woman Stephanie Shenefield was found in a ditch six days later


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