Who killed Shana?: Family members still seek answers, justice a year after her body was found

Who killed Shana?: Family members still seek answers, justice a year after her body was found

From the Las Vegas Optic

Shana Storey grew up in Pecos. She played volleyball in school, and she liked to ride horses. A wrestling fan, she’d make championship belts out of cardboard and aluminum foil. She was kind, and smiled a lot. She’d also make you laugh, sometimes so much your stomach hurt.

These are the things her family members think about daily. But too often, these memories of Shana are clouded by questions. Nagging questions that permeate all other thoughts. Questions like who killed Shana, and why?

“The unanswered questions are what really eat at me,” said Katrina Stansbury, one of Shana’s sisters. “Knowing that other people are out there who know exactly what happened to her, and why — I guess for me, that’s the struggle. Not knowing why they did this.”

It’s been one year since Shana’s body was recovered, and to date, no one has been arrested or charged in her death.

Family members reported Shana missing on Jan. 18, 2020. On May 6, 2020, two city enforcement service specialists made a gruesome discovery: Shana’s badly decaying body hidden beneath the floorboards of a vacant building on the city’s west side — her head covered with a plastic bag; her body wrapped in a tarp and blanket, secured with wire.

Stansbury learned of her sister’s death not from police, but from someone on Facebook. Throughout the past 12 months, Stansbury has been trying to get updates on the investigation from the Las Vegas Police Department, but few details have been provided. Stansbury, who now lives in Illinois, told the Optic by phone that about every two weeks, she sends a text message to the lead investigator, Antonio Salazar, seeking an update.

“It’s basically the same thing every time: We’ve interviewed them; nothing’s come back; still investigating; still working the case. It’s frustrating to hear the same thing month after month with no progress,” she said.

A year with no answers has taken a toll on Stansbury’s mental health, too.

“I’ve had to resort to antidepressant and anxiety meds,” she said through tears.

Following a brief pause, Stansbury continued.

“It’s been tough. Everyone says, ‘Time will heal.’ I think with a normal death, I could understand that. But when someone is taken from you in this way, it bugs you. It bugs me because I don’t know why,” Stansbury said. “And knowing that she was suffering during it, I guess that’s what bothers me the most.”