Real Life Drama: Shane Montgomery

December 10, 2014


If any of you are Facebook friends or followers then you've seen me post about this since just after Thanksgiving.




Please look at this young man's face. This missing persons case is deeply personal to me. Shane Montgomery is from my neighborhood. He grew up here, just like me, just like my husband, just like both of our families. His family lives one block over from where I've worked every day for the last decade, which is only blocks away from my home. In fact, they live only a few doors down from where my grandparents lived for decades. (My grandmother just sold the family home about 6 weeks ago).



It was reported that this is the shirt he was wearing when he disappeared.


He is 21 years old. He is a senior at West Chester University but he is from my neighborhood. He was home for Thanksgiving break. On Thanksgiving Eve, he and his cousin went out for the night, hitting some bars on Main Street in Manayunk. (Manayunk and my neighborhood, Roxborough are side by side, with Manayunk at the bottom of "the hill", closer to the river, but we're not talking about a huge area here). Anyway, he left Kildare's Pub at approximately 1:50 a.m. and seemingly vanished into thin air. A cell phone ping at 2:38 a.m. indicates that at that time he or at the very least, his phone, was still in this area (i.e. Manayunk/Roxborough). The case is extremely baffling on just about every level.




Philadelphia Police and the FBI are hard at work on this case--make no mistake. But so is my community. People in my amazing neighborhood have turned out in droves to help search, post and hand out fliers, share on social media and raise money to help this family search for their son.




There is a reward for reliable information leading to his whereabouts that is up to $65,000 as of today.


Look, my neighborhood--Roxborough/Manayunk--it is extremely tight-knit. Everyone knows everyone and if you don't know the person, you usually know of the person. (Don't even get me started on all the weird connections my husband and I had in terms of family and friends before we even met!) In fact, I did know of the Montgomery family and Shane's mother's family before this happened. They are decent, hard-working people who deserve answers as to what happened to their son. For those of us who live here, Shane Montgomery is "one of us" on such a fundamental level, that it is hard to put into words. I wake up every morning with this young man on my mind and I go to sleep every night thinking of him and his family--praying, praying, praying that the next time I turn on the television or the next time I go onto Facebook, there will be good news about him. If you live here, if you have roots here, then you've likely gone bar-hopping in your 20s on Main Street and walked home safely and without incident. We've all done it. It could have been anyone's son, brother, nephew, cousin. Any of us, really.




So I'm asking you to please look at Shane Montgomery's face. Even if you live nowhere near here, please look at his face. Yes, the search has focused primarily on this area but the bottom line is that we do not know what happened to him yet and because of that, no possibility can be ruled out. So please. Look at his face. Visit the website and the Facebook page. Share his photo. Pray.




Most importantly, if you see something or if you know something, say something.


If you live here or you were in the Manayunk area over Thanksgiving and you think you may have seen something, please come forward. If you were out and about in the Manayunk area, check your phone for all photographs you took on Thanksgiving Eve. There might be something useful in the background.


People do not vanish into thin air. If you read my books or you know me or you've followed my blog for any length of time, you know how passionately I feel about missing persons. This case hits home for me in a major way. People don't go poof and disappear forever. Someone knows something. Perhaps they don't even know that they know it. Or maybe they know exactly what happened but they're not speaking up. Maybe that someone or someones will never read this but if they do, I would like to say this:


This is not going to end until the Montgomery family gets the answers they deserve. This will not end until Shane is home. If you think for one moment that his family or this community will stop looking for him--stop looking for answers--you could not be more wrong. This will not die down or blow over. You better believe that when you see Karen Montgomery on the news saying that she will never, ever stop looking for Shane and that she will go to the ends of the earth, she means it. I know this because I am a mother too. I live here too. I am raising my child here too. A mother does not stop looking for her child. Ever. And as you can see by the fliers and green ribbons on damn near every tree and telephone pole in this neighborhood, and in the windows and on the doors of damn near every local business, the rest of this community will not stop either. So end this now. Pick up the phone and call the FBI. 215-418-4000. Do it right now.



 

Finding Claire Fletcher T-Shirt Fundraiser

November 22, 2014



I just wanted to say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who participated in the Finding Claire Fletcher t-shirt fundraiser! As you may know, I am raising funds for a non-profit called Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) whose goal is to stop child pornography and human trafficking. You can check them out here:


https://www.ourrescue.org/


My campaign ended on 11/12. My goal was to sell 30 shirts and I sold 35 so YOU GUYS ARE TOTALLY AWESOME!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! (Yes, multiple exclamation poin...


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Predictability v. Expectations

November 14, 2014

So I read this book recently where the killer turns out to be . . . well, the killer. What I mean by that is the main character is convinced that the person who was convicted of killing her loved one is innocent and that the real killer is still out there. So the book follows her along this odyssey--her fight to bring the "real" killer to justice but in the end, it turns out that they had the right guy all along. I thought this was brilliant although perhaps it just spoke to the part of me wh...


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200

November 14, 2014

Today, Finding Claire Fletcher got its 200th five star review on Amazon.


That's right. My own little underdog novel that took me literally years to sell to a publisher now has 200 FIVE STAR reviews on Amazon. You can check out the lengthy Agent Rejection Pictorial here. 


Big Pub 1 to Agent (11/5/10):

Thanks for the FINDING CLAIRE FLETCHER material. The real-life background is horrific, of course, but I'm not that sold on the novel itself.
Good luck with it!


Some writers might think, "So what? Big ...


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Yay for Re-Release Day and Last Call for Finding Claire Fletcher T-shirts!

November 11, 2014



So tomorrow is the big day! VETERANS DAY! Yes, it really is and I hope that tomorrow you will say a prayer for all the servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much so that we can live in relative safety and have all sorts of freedoms, big and small. If you see a servicemember--any day of the year--walk up to them, shake their hand and thank them for their service. I do it all the time. I've done it at parades, just walking down the street, on the bus, in airports, in restaurants, in store...


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Finding Claire Fletcher T-Shirt Fundraiser

October 23, 2014

 

So, Claire Fletcher, who is the protagonist of my first novel has a birthday today!

 

In honor of her birthday, I'm holding a t-shirt fundraiser. Buy a Finding Claire Fletcher t-shirt and all profits will go to Operation Underground Railroad or O.U.R., a non-profit organization founded by a former CIA/Homeland Security agent. They use cutting-edge technology to locate and track child pornographers and human traffickers. They use their findings to assist law enforcement all over the world to st...


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So Many Things!

October 6, 2014

I've been away so long! I apologize. This summer kicked my behind. I had a wee bit of a health scare which involved me having to get an MRI of my brain (everything is fine) and then a minor surgery (again, everything is also fine). 


Seriously, waiting for appointments to begin is an awesome time to write!
I think I got 3K done waiting for this MRI. 


The school year came so quickly, I've barely had time to process things, let alone blog about them. There are so many things I wanted to comment on ...


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Get Your Vote On at the eFestival of Words Awards!

August 12, 2014


So I did a post earlier this year about all the amazing authors I know who had been nominated in the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards for 2014. In an awesome turn of events, all the authors I was rooting for made it to the finals this year in one or more of the categories they were nominated in, so I'm going to ask you to help an author out and go vote for these authors. I've read their books and loved them. I am very passionate about them so please, please, PLEASE take...


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Post-Release Post #8: Fear of Disappointing Readers

July 6, 2014

Two of my most favorite, I-would-probably-pass-out-if-I-got-within-2-feet-of-them-and-sort-of-almost-did -when-I-met-one-of-them authors are Karin Slaughter and Dennis Lehane. This is well-documented.  I discovered Lehane in the last year, but I've been reading Karin Slaughter's books for over a decade. Both writers have a series based on a specific set of characters. I'm a dedicated, passionate fan of their work.





And yet, they've both written one book I felt disappointed by.


I won't say which ...


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2014 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Award Nominations

June 27, 2014

I'm way late to the party but better late than never, I suppose. In May, the eFestival of Words Best of Independent eBook nominations for 2014 were announced. I was super thrilled to see so many talented and deserving authors on the list this year who also happen to be friends or acquaintances. 




As you may or may not know, the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards is a "peer-nominated awards program designed to highlight the best of the independent community from both indie a...


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About Me


Lisa Regan I am a crime/suspense writer, author of Finding Claire Fletcher and Aberration available now from Sapphire Star Publishing. I released my third novel, Hold Still in March 2014 which has been picked up by Thomas & Mercer. This Blog is also available at www.lisalregan.blogspot.com for Blogger Folks!

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