Shawn had been playing in the play ground by Clark Field on that fateful Tuesday. His mom was at work and he had a sitter. There were hundreds of volunteers searching the area for him. One young man even got bitten by a snake as he searched along the river. Volunteers from New Cumberland,, Lawrenceville, New Manchester, the LaCroft Station of Liverpool Township and many local residents were out looking .
By Thursday, Aug 18, it was believed Shawn had been abducted. They even had a suspect and the search expanded to Mill Creek Hill Cemetery where the suspects car was found (along rt 168 in Hanover Township, PA). Other places he was supposedly seen was at Memorial Park on Irish Ridge Road, and even Hills Parking Lot.(Now Dunham Sports).
Friday night he was finally found about 4 blocks from his home. He had entered a children's play structure, no doubt built by area children. It weighed over 300 pounds. When he went it, in fell in on him and killed him. Such a sad and horrible ending to such a young life.