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Police say Waynesville, Missouri woman vanished without a trace in January of 2004

Updated: Aug 2, 2020

Michelle Lyn Henri was last seen by her ex-husband in the afternoon of January 24, 2004 at her residence in the vicinity of the 26000 block of Highway 17 in Waynesville, Missouri.

She frequented the Columbia and Jefferson City areas of Missouri prior to her disappearance. Her ex-husband was initially unconcerned about her disappearance because he thought she might be in the hospital getting treatment for her depression.

Henri suffered from depression and had a history of self-harming by cutting. She had been hospitalized for her mental illness in the past and her family said she was taking medication and her condition was improving by the time of her disappearance; however, she left her medicine behind.

A few days before she was last seen, Henri told her sister she was going to visit a friend in Kansas City, Missouri. She said her own car was inoperable but she planned to get a ride. Henri never made it to Kansas City. She left her purse and medication behind at home and has never been heard from again.

Although she was unemployed at the time of her disappearance, Henri trained as a respiratory therapist. Her professional license, which is necessary for her to get work in that field, expired after she went missing and was never renewed.

She didn't have a valid driver's license in any state and her bank accounts and Social Security number haven't been used since her disappearance. She also never claimed her income tax refund.

Henri left behind two young children. Her loved ones stated she was a devoted parent and very close to her other family members, and it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.

Henri had brown hair and green eyes. Henri has multiple scars on her arms and legs and both wrists, a scar under her right breast and a twelve-inch scar on the top of her left thigh. Her navel is pierced.

Henri's nickname is Shelly.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office at 573-774-6169.

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