The last article written about the disappearance of Toni Sharpless was dated Sept 18th. It read that Toni’s car was not found in the river. Really? Well how can the police say that without actually having removed the cars from the river?
Toni Sharpless disappeared August 23rd after leaving a party at the home of Philly 76ers Willie Greene in the posh Philadelphia suburb of Gladwyne. Some called it a party; it was more of an intimate gathering of six people which wrapped up at 5:00 a.m. according to Crystal Johns, one of the last persons believed to see Toni alive.
I’m not going to mix words, this case is a disgrace. Police should be ashamed of themselves for the way they haven’t handled this. It seems when Tim Miller from Texas EquuSearch arrived into town to assist the family, he caught everyone asleep at the wheel. He arrived at the airport and, in the middle of the night, went directly to the place where Toni was last seen. The wealthy Philly suburb known as Gladwyne, just outside Willie Greene’s house in an area where neighbors constantly reminded me “we don’t have crime here.” Really? So explain what all the cars are doing dumped in the Schuylkill River in your backyard??
Retracing the events of that evening, Miller quickly pinpointed an area that he believed Toni may have gone into the river. The next day, with his own sonar equipment and a borrowed boat, he located more than 5 cars in the Schuylkill River in a matter of minutes, as 7 police officors looked on in amazement from the banks of the river. Miller only pulled out of the search because police promised they would dive that following Thursday to identify the reaming vehicles and remove all the cars. Apparently, that never happened. Once Miller left, and the media pulled out, it was business as usual for the Lower Marion Police Dept.
Police are quick to note that Toni had struggled with drugs in the past, and was allegedly drunk the night she disappeared. I don’t condone anyone drinking and driving, but that doesn’t diminish the value of her life. She was trying to get her life together, she had the support of her family, she is a mother of a 12 year old child and she is a nurse. We all have a past. If those 5 people at the party cared at all, they would never have let her drive.
So where is she? I’m not a big believer in alien abductions. People just don’t disappear. There are only so many ways she could have gone home. Maybe they should reclassify this as a homicide and perhaps start asking more questions of the 5 people who were at Willie Green’s that night. That might refresh some memories or perhaps get people talking. But I wouldn’t want to interfere with Green’s lackluster basketball career. Anything but that. I don’t know how someone can go missing, last seen at your house and you say nothing publically, nothing to her family. That is a shame. That is a disgrace. Another poor example of bad behavior by a professional athlete. How about a call to Toni’s Mom, Donna?? Nothing. Even the media has moved on. Obsessed with the missing Harvard grad student who was about to be married. So pretty — so perfect — so tragic. We here every detail of how she was stuffed into a wall, bones broken, detail after detail night after night, Larry King, Nancy Grace, The morning show wars battle over booking for the already discovered, while Toni and thousands of other people remain missing.
I’m sorry to Toni’s friends and family that I couldn’t do more. Perhaps Mr. Miller will come back into town and stir things up again.