Shannon Marie Siders was 18 when she was reported missing July 20th, 1989. Her body was found in the Manistee National Forest nearly three months later with little to no evidence supporting a clear cause of death. Despite multiple suspects being questioned, the leads went cold. As the years passed, the mystery continued to burden the small town.
The case remained cold for nearly 25 years.
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Cold Case turned Wrongful Conviction
In September 2011, Michigan State Police investigators formed a cold-case squad with the Newaygo County Sheriff's Office, Newaygo City Police, and the county Prosecutor hoping to solve Siders' slaying. After an unusual investigation, driven by an unlicensed "civilian" detective, Matthew and Paul Jones were charged despite having been vetted by the original police investigators. Even though one brother had passed a polygraph test, they were convicted of killing Shannon Siders. The Jones brothers have always maintained their innocence. Now, five years after their conviction, they've hired a well known Wrongful Conviction Investigator to help prove their innocence. Many observers are convinced justice has been served but did their conviction more than 25 years after the teenager's death reveal the truth? With evidence pointing in so many directions, could other suspects have escaped justice? Are the brutal killers of Shannon Siders free, and are the Jones brothers actually innocent? Follow us as we reveal what those close to Shannon told police, and ask why the suspects named were never charged.