Megan Nicole Shultz
Missing from: Columbia, Missouri
Date Of Birth: 08/01/82
Age at disappearance: 24
Weight: 120 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: Light complexion.
Tattoo of a “butterfly” on right shoulder blade, tattoo of
a “music symbol” on left shoulder blade, tattoo of a
“Chinese symbol” on lower back, three piercings in each ear,
pierced right nostril, previously fractured lower left leg.
Medical Conditions: Megan suffers from a medical
condition and needs medication.
Clothing: Pink tank top, white capri pants, flip-flops.
AKA: Megan Comfort
Details of Disappearance
Shultz was last seen at her residence in the vicinity of Amelia and Old Highway 63 in Columbia, Missouri at approximately 1:00 a.m. on August 4, 2006, three days after her twenty-fourth birthday. She left the residence on foot to meet friends, and never returned. She has never been heard from again. Shultz was reported missing at 8:45 a.m., nearly eight hours after she was last seen. Her friends stated she never arrived to meet them.
Foul play is not suspected in Shultz’s case; authorities believe she left of her own accord. Her mother is concerned for her safety, however, as Shultz has never before been gone longer than a few days without contact.
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Columbia Police Department
February 11, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. -
It’s been more than two years since Megan Nicole Shultz was last seen alive.
The 24-year-old woman walked out of her Columbia apartment in August 2006 after an argument with her husband, leaving behind him and their infant daughter. Less than three weeks after her disappearance, Shultz’s husband, Keith Comfort, filed for divorce. He now lives in Kenosha, Wis., with a new wife and 3-year-old daughter Kaelin.
Shultz’s mother thinks her daughter is dead. The missing woman’s best friend holds out hope she is still alive. And Columbia police remain stumped by one of its oldest cases involving a missing person.
“I don’t know how many leads I’ve followed,” said Detective John Short. “I’ve got nothing.”
Tips about Shultz’s possible reappearance have taken Short to northern Boone County, Jefferson City, Lake of the Ozarks and Kansas City. A thick case file teems with notes and photos of possible suspects in her disappearance. Each of those leads eventually turned cold.
“I have no sense if she’s alive or dead,” Short said. “The longer it goes, the worse the odds get.”
Debra Shultz declined an Associated Press interview request Wednesday, calling her daughter’s disappearance too painful to discuss. In previous interviews with the Columbia Daily Tribune, she described a young woman whose struggles began while she was a student at Rock Bridge High School.
By 2003, Debra Shultz had filed a petition for an order of protection against her daughter, but the case was subsequently dropped. Megan Shultz was later arrested twice on domestic assault charges, but court records show no indication that those arrests were prosecuted.
Heather Crawford, who befriended Shultz in high school, said her best friend was hit hard when an engagement with a longtime boyfriend ended. Like Short, she alluded to Shultz’s involvement with drugs and association with a group of unsavory acquaintances.
“If she’s somewhere out there,” that would be wonderful,” Crawford said. “If she’s not alive, we need closure.”
Shultz was last seen by Comfort, her husband, about 1 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2006, at the couple’s apartment. She was wearing a pink tank top, white Capri pants and flip-flops. She is 5-foot-9, 120 pounds, with brown eyes and has at least three tattoos: a butterfly on the right shoulder, a music symbol on the left shoulder and a Chinese caricatures on her lower back.
She has three piercings in each ear, a pierced right nostril and a previously fractured lower left leg.
When she left on foot, Shultz told Comfort she was on her way to meet some friends.
Comfort did not return a telephone call seeking comment. He previously told the Daily Tribune that he moved from Columbia because of fears that a drug debt reportedly owed by Shultz might endanger his family.
All information submitted to CUE Center For Missing Persons is confidential.