Donna Donahue has been searching for answers. And she can tell just how long by looking out her window.
On March 22, 2010, her son Shane “Bubba” Donahue, 23, disappeared from his Nokesville home. He lived down from her on Aden Road. She and authorities have been searching for him since then, and she posts the number of days he has been missing on a large sign in front of her home.
Donahue said she hopes a birthday party and vigil fundraiser planned for 3 p.m. Sunday at Nokesville Park will help keep his memory alive and bring a new lead on the case. “I think someone hurt Shane, and I want to know where he is,” Donahue said. “We don’t have any clue.”
Donahue said it’s the not knowing that eats her up. Although a prime suspect has been identified in the case, so far she and authorities don’t know what happened that March day.
She said that her son had just finished a lucrative contracting job and that he might have been abducted for money.
“If it was the money, why didn’t you just take the money?” Donahue said.
Prince William County police Detective Brian Coady declined to comment on the investigation, saying only that as more time goes by, the harder it is to find out what happened in any cold case.
“Obviously, we’re hoping that if anybody does have any information that they would come forward,” Coady said. “One of the problems we’re running into is that we really don’t know what the last few minutes of his life was.”
Authorities and Donahue have long considered her son to be dead. But a mother wants answers, Donahue said. That’s why she keeps her sign out front, plans to hold the vigil and prints new missing-person signs.
“With the new posters, we’re hoping for answers,” she said.
Anyone with information in the case may call Crime Solvers at 703-670-3700.