Friday, Feb 26–Authorities Await MDE Report On Human Remains

SNOW HILL – The human remains found on the grounds of a Snow Hill bed and breakfast late last week have still not been identified although vague information obtained yesterday suggest they could be a woman reported missing in Pocomoke in 2007.

Last Friday, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation (WCBI) developed information on the location of possible human remains on the property of the River House Inn, a bed and breakfast on East Market Street in Snow Hill. From the information learned, WCBI detectives, assisted by a Maryland State Police homicide unit and its crime lab, actively pursued the area of interest.

After several hours of searching, human skeletal remains were unearthed on the property of the bed and breakfast. Later on Friday, Worcester County’s forensic investigator for the state’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene and examined the remains of the deceased. The forensic investigator advised the deceased remains would be transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and identification.

While the identity of the remains is still a mystery, it was widely speculated from the time they were discovered they could be a Delaware woman reported missing in Pocomoke in November 2007. Christine Marie Sheddy, then 27, of Bowers Beach, Del., was last seen on Nov. 13, 2007 in the Byrd Street area of Pocomoke. Sheddy left her Delaware home in November 2007 with her two young sons, ages two and four at the time, in tow to live with friends in Pocomoke.

On Nov. 13, 2007, the couple Sheddy was staying with in Pocomoke left the residence to pick up their own children at school. When the couple returned, Sheddy was gone and her two young sons were left home alone. She was reporting missing and a massive search effort throughout much of the south end of Worcester County was undertaken to no avail and Sheddy’s disappearance has remained unsolved.

It is uncertain if the remains found in Snow Hill last Friday are Sheddy, but a call to the State Medical Examiner’s Office late yesterday lent some credence to the possibility. When asked if the remains had been identified, an office spokeswoman said they had not, but when the spokeswoman asked for a possible name match and Sheddy was provided, she said to use the name when inquiring about the case in the future. The medical examiner’s spokeswoman did not speculate further on the identity of the remains.