Hamilton cold case: Did Sheryl Sheppard know she was in danger?

Evidence is starting to pile up that Sheryl Sheppard knew that her life was in danger, the CBC’s true crime podcast Someone Knows Something has found.
On this week's episode of Someone Knows Something, host David Ridgen probes whether or not Sheryl Sheppard was being blackmailed. (CBC)

Evidence is starting to pile up that Sheryl Sheppard knew that her life was in danger, the CBC's true crime podcast Someone Knows Something has found.

In episode 11, the team tries to track down Brian Sweeney, who was Sheppard's ex-husband. He was cooperative with police when she vanished, but hasn't spoken to the media.

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.

On this week's show, evidence begins to mount that Sheppard may have known her life was in danger.

New allegations of blackmail also surface, as the team probes whether or not that had some bearing on her disappearance.

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.

Episode 11 will be available Monday, Feb. 6. Subscribe here.