West Palm Beach, Florida resident Shawn Shelton, who was reported missing in Jupiter, Florida, has tragically been found deceased. The circumstances surrounding his disappearance and subsequent discovery remain under investigation.
Keep reading to know about the devastating incident in detail.
Missing Jupiter Resident Shawn Shelton Found Dead
Shawn Shelton, aged 42 and a resident of West Palm Beach, met a tragic end just hours after his family reported him missing over the weekend.
The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding his untimely death, specifically focusing on a fatal single motorcycle crash involving Shelton.
The incident was first brought to their attention on Monday, December 4, at 1:30 a.m. The crash itself took place at the roundabout intersection of N. Jog Road and Nursery Lane.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office became involved in the case initially when a missing person complaint was filed, prompted by Shelton’s absence following a family dinner on Saturday night.
After more than 24 anxious hours, his lifeless body was discovered in a somber setting—hidden among bushes, near trees, and rocks at the center of the expansive roundabout within the Mirasol community, as recounted by his grieving family.
Notably, the location of Shawn Shelton’s discovery is obscured from view for those navigating the traffic circle, adding an eerie dimension to the tragic incident.
As investigations continue into both the motorcycle crash and the missing person report, the community is left mourning the loss of a beloved individual, and further details regarding the circumstances leading to his demise are anticipated to emerge in due course.
Community in Grief
In a poignant display of love and remembrance, family, friends, and neighbors gathered Tuesday evening to arrange candles around Shawn Shelton’s military photo at the crash site.
The emotional rollercoaster experienced by those close to him was palpable. Cody Moore, Shawn Shelton’s brother, expressed the initial shock and uncertainty, saying, “It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions, not knowing where he was at first.”
Describing Shawn as an exceptionally compassionate individual, Sandy Moore, Shawn’s mother, shared heartfelt sentiments: “He was such a good human being. He would do anything for anyone. Seeing how many lives he’s touched and how great he’s touched them, has been a great blessing,” explained Cody Moore.
Amidst their grief, the family is channeling their pain into a call for positive change. They aspire to transform their tragedy into a catalyst for improvement and safety. Expressing their hopes for a lasting impact, they are advocating for traffic improvements at all intersections leading up to the roundabout where the fatal crash occurred.
His father, George Shelton, told CBS12 News, “As Shawn was coming down here, the bike hit this curb, because he didn’t realize he was in the roundabout, He cleared the grass until he got almost up to where these rocks, and then the bike hit the rocks. Then him and the bike went into the bushes, and the bike flipped over right on top of him, facing the way he came from.”
In particular, the family urges the property manager to enhance visibility by implementing measures such as reflective traffic signs and additional streetlights. Their goal is to prevent future tragedies and enhance safety for everyone navigating these intersections.
As the family seeks justice and safety enhancements, Palm Beach Gardens authorities have assured that the crash is still under investigation, and the community remains united in supporting each other through this difficult time.
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