The investigation into her disappearance was launched June 17, after she had not shown up for work or contacted friends of family, which was out of character for her.
Although her file with the Fort St. John RCMP is still open, police say they have exhausted numerous means of investigation, and the case has been at a standstill for years. The possibility of foul play has not been ruled out, but it is still considered a missing person case.
Her family keeps hope that they will see her again one day, and have released this letter to the public, written by her sister Bev:
“Letter from her sister Bev and Family;
My sister Shirley Clethroe has been missing since June 2006. She is dearly missed by so many people, friends and family. The stress and unanswered questions has been painful for everyone. Everyday we think about her and that laugh and smile. She was so kind to everyone no matter who you were.
I wish this could be easier, I wish she would just come home to us. It’s so hard trying to explain to her grand children, nieces and nephews why she isn’t here, but we all have photos in our houses.
We would like to ask everyone to try and remember if they heard anything about Shirley, a comment made, anything that may help us. Please help Shirley come home , we will not give up, ever. We need to know. This heart ache will never ease without any answers, so please, think of Shirley and help bring her home. We love and miss her so much.”
At the time of her disappearance, Clethroe was 45 years old, and is described as an aboriginal woman with long dark hair, 5 feet 3 inches tall weighing 120 pounds, with a small scar on the left side of her mouth and who usually wore glasses. Anyone with information is urged to contact RCMP.