Smiling snapshots flanked the words “On the Road to Remember” and covered a window of the big, bright red van parked at the Harley-Davidson dealership in North Myrtle Beach on Saturday – the last stop on a tour that’s covered 4,011 miles and 11 states in eight days – before returning to Wilmington, N.C., with members of Community United Effort (CUE) Center for Missing Persons.
Jeneane Shanahan stood next to the van and pointed and recited names – her son’s included – as she moved her finger to rest next to the face of a young man with blonde hair and blue eyes.
“This is Mathew Sterling,” she said. “He was recovered.”
Then, as though she anticipated the next question, Shanahan shook her head and explained.
“We say ‘found safe’ if they’re recovered alive.”
Shanahan’s son, Damien Sharp, was 22 when he went missing in 2002 – and in the same solemn tone, Shanahan