The Enid Police Department posted this message on their Facebook page earlier this morning:

Shannon Baldwin Hokanson was reported missing to Enid Police on August 7th, 2012, by family members who reported she had not been seen since May of 2012. Shannon remains a missing person that no one has heard from or seen in over 7 years. An Enid attorney recently petitioned the Garfield County District Court to have Shannon declared legally deceased in an effort to assist her children with death benefits.

The Enid Police Department has vigorously investigated Shannon’s disapperance since it was first reported. Over the years we have received a number of tips, interviewed a variety of potential witnesses, cleared persons of interest, and searched homes and fields. Based on our investigation we believe that Shannon is likely deceased and was the victim of a homicide. While we are unable to release any specific details, we’re confident our investigation has also identified individuals involved in Shannon’s potential death.

As we continue with this investigation, we ask that anyone with information concerning this case please contact the Enid Police Department. Your tip may be critical to successfully prosecuting those responsible for this crime.

Shannon was the mother of three children and was described as a white female, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds. She had long brown hair and brown eyes and had numerous tattoos. She was 29 when she was last seen and would have celebrated her 37th birthday this month.

Please report any information about this crime to 580-242-7000 or call Crime Stoppers at 233-6233, visit enid.org/CrimeStoppers, or text 274637 and enter keyword ENID. You may earn a reward of up to $1,000.00, remain anonymous, and won’t be required to testify