Wichita police: Cases of 2 missing Wichita women not connected, no serial killer

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 2:11 PM CDT
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Police in Valley Center and Wichita are putting to rest rumors that the deaths of two missing Wichita women are connected or possibly the work of a serial killer.

The rumors began circulating on social media after the bodies of 23-year-old Savannah Schneider and 27-year-old Shalan Gannon were found within a week of each other, south of Wichita. The community speculated even more after a false claim was made about the death of another young woman in Valley Center.

Valley Center Police Chief Lloyd Newman said social media is where rumors start. He said that is why you can't believe everything you read.

"I think it's just it's important to be careful about what we post because the screenshot that I saw initially, it showed that it's been shared over 1,300 times, and so that gets around quick and then creates a panic and causes people to worry. And you know, when they don't know all the information, all the facts, it's just not, it's not wise to post that and scare people unnecessarily," said Lloyd.

Wichita police confirmed Monday Schneider's body was found over the weekend near Haysville. She was visually impaired and did not drive. She was last seen alive at her west Wichita home on May 31. Her cause of death has yet to be determined.

Gannon was recovered from the Ninnescah River on June 7 in Sumner County. She was reported missing to Wichita police on April 11. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said it is assisting the Sumner County Sheriff's Office with the case, which is being worked as a homicide.