Shannon Marie Siders was 18 when she was reported missing July 20th, 1989. Her body was found in the Manistee National Forest nearly three months later with little to no evidence supporting a clear cause of death. Despite multiple suspects being questioned, the leads went cold. As the years passed, the mystery continued to burden the small town.
In September 2011, Michigan State Police investigators formed a cold-case squad with the Newaygo County Sheriff's Office, Newaygo City Police, and the county Prosecutor hoping to solve Siders' slaying. After an unusual investigation, driven by an unlicensed "civilian" detective, Matthew and Paul Jones were charged despite having been vetted by the original police investigators. Even though one brother had passed a polygraph test, they were convicted of killing Shannon Siders. The Jones brothers have always maintained their innocence. Now, five years after their conviction, they've hired a well known Wrongful Conviction Investigator to help prove their innocence. Many observers are convinced justice has been served but did their conviction more than 25 years after the teenager's death reveal the truth? With evidence pointing in so many directions, could other suspects have escaped justice? Are the brutal killers of Shannon Siders free, and are the Jones brothers actually innocent? Follow us as we reveal what those close to Shannon told police, and ask why the suspects named were never charged.
Many people in Newaygo County and beyond believe they already have the answer to the question that plagued their community for nearly 26 years: " Who Killed Shannon Siders." What only a few people know NOW is that the jury that convicted Matthew and Paul Jones of the horrible crime was lied to.
We believe that had they heard testimony from just one more witness, they would have clearly understood that the state's case was one based on fabrication. In some parts, it was intimidation and self-serving lies from witnesses that should never have been deemed credible. In other parts, the witnesses told straight lies that should have left jurors shaking their heads.
However, they hadn’t heard from key witnesses, nor were they introduced to the other six suspects that were identified by police. In fact, new information reveals the REAL killer of Shannon Siders may have been in the courtroom during the trial. From early 2020, an investigation team has been asking these questions about those suspects.
We need to hear more from the people who chose to talk to the Michigan State Police Cold Case squad, those who took polygraph tests, those who failed those tests, and the many people who still have doubts about the questionable verdict.
There is so much more to come but, for now, know this, Paul and Matthew Jones were imprisoned for a brutal murder that they did NOT commit.
If you have information about the murder of Shannon Siders or want to get in touch with the investigation team, please contact us.