Brittany Nicole (Wallace) Shank

The WMU Cold Case Program worked with Michigan State Police and St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office to solve the disappearance of Brittany Shank. This case is not actively being worked on by the WMU Cold Case Program. The case is still open and active in St. Joseph County.

Her Disappearance

On November 30, 2018, Brittany Shank, 23, was last seen around 9:00 PM after crashing her vehicle in a ditch near Fawn River Road in Sturgis, Michigan. Earlier that night, she was last seen by family with an unknown male who is described as being 5’6 to 5’8 tall, in his early to mid-twenties, short blonde hair, and mutton-chop sideburns. Shortly after crashing, Brittany Shank called 911 at a nearby residence. After connecting with 911, she fled and was last seen by another individual from a window. This is the last known location of Brittany Shank. 

The Victim

Brittany was 5’1 and 110 pounds with hazel eyes and dark hair.  She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white tank top, green colored coat and no shoes.

How the WMU Cold Case Program aided in the investigation

The Western Michigan University Cold Case Program with Michigan State Police student investigators dedicated hundreds of hours organizing the case file, digitizing it and analyzing various aspects of the case file for detectives.  During their case analysis, student investigators conducted extensive research ranging from indexing people of interest, timelines and assisting detectives from St. Joseph County Sherrif’s office and Michigan State Police.

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Det/Sgt Jason Auton at 

#269-467-9045 ext. 227 or autonj@stjosephcountymi.org.