Body of Illinois woman believed found mile from crash
January 3rd, 2011
03:38 PM ET

Body of Illinois woman believed found mile from crash

[Updated at 3:38 p.m. ET] Illinois authorities believe they have found the body of a woman who walked away from the December car crash that killed her husband.

A television news helicopter Monday morning spotted a body in a soybean field about a mile south of the remote site where Dale Shannon and his wife, Tanya, crashed on December 5 on the way home from a Christmas party.

Aerial footage from the search site Monday appeared to show a body in a field wearing red clothing. Tanya Shannon wore a red dress to the party.

The discovery came just as searchers on horseback and helicopters were about to begin a renewed search for the woman, according to LaSalle County, Illinois, Sheriff Tom Templeton.

Although police have not done dental or fingerprint tests to conclusively determine the body is that of Shannon, Templeton said investigators are "well convinced" it is.

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    i know it was freezing cold and stuff but what about a tracking dog?

    and what about tracks there wernt any?

    January 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. obama

    I'm here

    January 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Huh

    Oh yeah, lifetime movie channel for sure!

    January 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Huh

    Call it "Too drunk to live, too dumb to look"

    January 3, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |

    i wonder if before the crash if he said.. hey look honey watch this!!

    January 3, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    The footprints led from the car to the highway, where they disappeared, leading to speculation that she was picked up. That was followed up on, and as you can see, that's not what happened.

    Tracking dogs are good if conditions are decent. They weren't. Just as rain can wash away a scent, snow can cover it. Not to mention the windy conditions at the time.

    Unfortunate all the way around. Sad.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NOLA Saints

    Some of you trolls are inconsiderate butt wipes. I know you're probably just kids but if the family of this couple reads your ignorant comments, imagine how they must feel.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NOLA Saints

    silly women. you shouldn't be flying across town, you should be in the kitchen.

    January 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. @NOLA Saints


    January 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |

    just seems like alot of cases of foul-play and the such they end up so close to the same area.

    as stated above.. stick with the car.. seems like thats the quickest way of getting found.

    January 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. chuck

    Sounds to me like she wandered away from the accident, got confused, passed out, and passed away. This really stinks for her family!

    January 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. what

    Incompete rescuers and police.she froze to took a month to find a body a few feet away.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @what reader who blurts out the first thing that comes to mind without reading any posts from people in the know.

    January 3, 2011 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Noah

    I agree this was a terrible search effort. I was sickened by seeing the rescue, so called rescue dogs! A pit bull????????????? Are you kidding me!!! Banasy, your wrong, A trained tracking dog does not need goood conditions to work. Also, when the scent gets wet it only intensifies the scent. Making it easier to track. Nothing can cover a scent to a TRAINED SEARCH AND RESCUE DOG. Everyone thinks they have a search and rescue dog but only a certified one should be used. There are free S&R groups in Illinois, with years of training and high requierments to becoming operational. Another thing when your involved in a tragic accident you loss the ability reason. If this was those rescuers own family member nothing would have stopped this search. I know if it were my family I would have had the certified dogs there. There is no doubt they could have found her with the right dog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless those children!

    January 6, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
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