Hamilton Cold Case: Who was Sheryl Sheppard? Episode 3 goes deeper

Sheryl Sheppard has been missing nearly 19 years. Who was she to her friends, co-workers and acquaintances? CBC's podcast investigates.

CBC investigative podcast examines Sheryl Sheppard, who in 1 month will have been missing 19 years

In one month, Sheryl Sheppard will have been missing for 19 years.

To her mom, Sheryl Sheppard is a dearly missed daughter, a beloved child vanished without a trace. But who was Sheryl Sheppard to her friends? Her coworkers? Her other family members?

(It) kind of expresses her as more of a real person, someone that you could relate to rather than someone on a missing poster or an article.- David Ridgen, host, Someone Knows Something

That's the focus of episode three of Someone Knows Something, a CBC true crime podcast that acts as a live investigation into Sheppard's disappearance.

Sheppard was 29 when she disappeared around Jan. 2, 1998. She'd been at a New Year's Eve party two days before with her boyfriend Michael Lavoie, who'd proposed there. Sheppard said yes.

Lavoie claims he dropped Sheppard off at a hotel in Niagara Falls, where he said she would be working as an exotic dancer. She was never seen again.

David Ridgen, host of Someone Knows Something, said Monday's episode is the longest yet, and with good reason. It delves into who Sheppard was, with numerous interviews of people around Hamilton.

"Odette, her mother, is very passionate about her case and misses her. But it's one side of Sheryl," Ridgen said. "We wanted to find out who Sheryl was to people who knew her other than her family."

The episode "kind of expresses her as more of a real person, someone that you could relate to rather than someone on a missing poster or an article."

Case files in the 1998 disappearance of 29-year-old Sheryl Sheppard in Hamilton, Ont. (Handout/CBC)

Someone Knows Something, now in its second season, is produced new every week. It invites people who knew Sheppard and the case to submit information. And there has been plenty of feedback, Ridgen said.

"We're setting up interviews as we speak," he said.

"It's a live investigation. We don't know the absolute ending for it yet. We don't know if there will be an absolute ending."

Episode three will be available Monday, Dec. 5. Subscribe here.