2016-02-24 / Front Page

Sierra Still Missing


Sierra Shields is a flight attendant from Astoria who has been missing since January 14. She is 30 years old, five feet, seven inches tall, and was last seen on foot, wearing a blue dress. Anyone with information is asked to call 347-670-3329. See page14 Sierra Shields is a flight attendant from Astoria who has been missing since January 14. She is 30 years old, five feet, seven inches tall, and was last seen on foot, wearing a blue dress. Anyone with information is asked to call 347-670-3329. See page14 The family of Sierra Shields, 30, missing since January 14 sent a letter to the Gazette on Friday, February 20. As we reported in the Gazette January 20 issue Ms. Shields, a flight attendant from Astoria, is five feet, seven inches tall, weighs approximately 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a blue dress. The Shields family is reaching out to the Gazette in hopes that someone, somewhere, somehow will read her story and come in with a lead, or any kind of help in finding Sierra Shields. Anyone with information is asked to call 347-670-3329. The following is the letter received at the Gazette offices.

My name is Donna Shields, and my husband, Chris Shields, along with our family come to you seeking help. Our daughter, sister, and dearly loved friend, Sierra Shields, has been missing for over a month now. Sierra is a flight attendant and was last seen leaving LaGuardia Airport on January 14, 2016. This has been the hardest thing we’ve faced as a family, indeed the most trying experience we’ll ever encounter. For the last five weeks, our family has been in New York looking for Sierra, but soon we must return to Chicago. It is our heart’s desire to know Sierra is safe before our journey home.

The outpouring of love and support for Sierra has been humbling. When a local senior citizen center where Sierra volunteers learned that she was missing, the residents set out in the cold of January to post flyers.

There are songs that have been written and words of hope that have been uttered for Sierra, from family, friends, and those who only met Sierra for a moment, but have been impacted by her for a lifetime. The words below have carried us through these difficult weeks. Sierra has left a deep mark on so many lives, and it is our soul’s deepest hope to see her once again soon.

The Teamsters is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Sierra Shields

We, the Shields Family, plead with you to join us in our efforts to find Sierra. Sierra has a beautiful spirit, and we can’t wait to see her again.

We want to share with you some words and actions inspired by Sierra:

“You Followed Love Home,” is a song written by one of Sierra’s sisters, Crystal Shields, as a prayer to see Sierra safely returned home (www.youtube.com/watch?v=X81cisuxHSM).

As Sierra’s younger sister, I’ve spent my life trailing behind her, learning from her, and making memories alongside my older sister. I don’t know the circumstances around our sister’s disappearance, but if I could see her today, I’d say this: Please don’t go where I can’t follow. —Alyse Shields

Sierra is my baby sister, and I miss her immensely. I don’t feel complete without her. The following is a post I wrote for the Find Sierra Shields Facebook page. “It’s been 33 Days, 33 Days since I’ve talked to my sister, 33 Days since I’ve heard her laugh, 33 Days since I’ve smiled and meant it. 33 Days, It’s been 33 Days. People often ask, “How are you?” My response “My heart hurts.” I know I’m not the only one who knows this ache, who feels the pain of her absence. Let’s continue to share her story and find #OurSweetSierra, #FindSierraNYC #33Days”

—Joy Shields

“Sierra’s dream is for people to come together across race, religions, and creeds. Seeing so many people from all over the world come together on behalf of Sierra is inspiring and gives us hope.— Chris Shields

Sierra has a presence about her that makes you want to be a better person yourself – all of her family possesses this quality. She is generous in smiles, her laugh is warming, and she makes everyone around her feel equally loved. —Vicki, friend of Sierra

“I had the pleasure of meeting Sierra when she visited our church. I am a very shy person, but she made me feel comfortable with her bubbly personality. She gave me a really tight and warm hug – the best hug I have ever felt in my life. I was very happy she said she would definitely be visiting again, and I pray that will happen soon.” —Angela

I pray so often for you Sierra, the pain I feel for your family and friends makes me cry. I love you Sierra, and I haven’t even met you.—Unknown

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