After releasing my update on the Toni Sharpless case on Vinnie Politan’s radio show on Sirius yesterday, Tim Miller from Texas EquuSearch called me and said he would be willing to return to search for Toni Sharpless. Toni disappeared Aug 23rd after leaving the party of Philly 76er Willie Green’s house. Green was one of the last 5 people to see her alive. Although he has been questioned by police, he is not considered a suspect at this point, and has not contacted Toni’s family or commented publicly about the case.
Toni apparently left Green’s home around 5:00 a.m. late that night, or early that morning, depending on how you look at it, after a night of partying. This is according to her girlfriend Crystal Jones, who brought Toni to Green’s house with 4 other people, one of them, Green’s brother. Jones alleges that Toni became a nuisance, and even used the “N” word. She was then asked to leave the party. She was allegedly drunk and left in her car at 5:00 a.m. — they let her leave, knowing she had to drive. Now over a month later there is no sign of Toni, her car, and no sign that anyone is doing anything to find her.
She is a mother of a 13 year-old child, she is a nurse. She struggled with drug and alcohol issues in her past, but seemed to be back on track, working fulltime at Lancaster General Hospital and living with her mom and step-dad.
I spoke with Toni’s step-dad, Peter, before my radio show, and, to say the least, he is not happy with the Lower Marion Police Department’s efforts, or lack thereof, to find his daughter. “They won’t even return my calls to tell me they have nothing. Do you know what that does to us?”
Desperate, they have now hired there own Private Investigator in hopes that she can help bring answers to what really happened at Willie Green’s house that night, and what really happened to Toni Sharpless.
Tim Miller from Texas EquuSearch jumpstarted this case, by arriving in town on Sept 9th to search for Toni. Miller quickly assessed an area that he believed Toni’s car may have gone into the river and, within hours and much to the dismay of the Lower Marion Police Dept, found several cars in the river. This forced the LMPD to send in divers. They “cleared” the river, meaning they, the LMPD, believe that Toni’s car is not in the Schuylkill River. Miller is skeptical.
Now we have learned that police believe they may have a sighting of Toni’s car in Camden, NJ, about 25 minutes from Willie Green’s house, where Toni was last seen. Her family is skeptical because she has no connections to that area. Unless she/her car were taken there against her will. Crystal confirmed for me Toni had no cash on her and just enough gas to get her home.
Upon learning this news, Miller said he would willingly return to the area with a larger search party, and would organize any volunteers willing to help search the area where police indicated her car was seen, and search any possible routes Toni could have gone home. She didn’t just disappear. Someone knows something. The pressure from the media is crucial in these cases with no answers and few leads. It keeps the police in check and lets anyone know that if you were involved in Toni’s disappearance, we will not stop until she is found; we will not stop until we find out what happened to Toni Sharpless.