If he’s been missing since April, how did his house sell in June?

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The Dallas Police Department says Ron Shumway of 725 N. Winnetka has been missing since April 23, one day after his birthday.

Yet there is his notarized signature on a real estate document from June 22.

Sean Chien, a residential investor, bought the house from Shumway. He said in a phone interview that Shumway was present at the closing in June. Shown a picture of the missing man, however, Chien texted, “that’s not him.”

A home investor working on the house uncovered a human body while digging up a concrete slab in the backyard Sept. 26. The body has not been identified, according to the Dallas Police Department. Two days ago, the police put out a missing person notice on Shumway, requesting that anyone who knows him or any of his family contact the department’s homicide unit.

Who was at the table when 725 N. Winnetka closed? Records show it was Shumway. Shumway’s broker in the sale, Connor Steinbrook, has not returned a call seeking comment. (Correction: Steinbrook does not have a real estate license, but Chien says he was at the closing representing Shumway)

The house is actually a duplex where neighbors say Shumway lived with his mother until her death. Chien says he believed no one lived there; the seller told him an artist used it for a sculpture studio, he says. The previous resident hadn’t moved out, says Chien, adding that the house was filthy and cluttered with empty beer cans and rum bottles. He paid a crew of guys to haul the trash out of the house, he says.

Neighbors say Shumway was a nuisance; he reportedly yelled at neighbors, started feuds over political signs and chased high school students walking to school. He was an Internet troll to whom no friend I have been able to find. A former coworker who worked with Shumway at an AT&T store in Addison in 2008, says he was very strange. The man made odd facial expressions and was not well-liked by customers. Eventually, he was fired, says the former coworker, who declined to be identified.

Shumway has a criminal record in Dallas County, with convictions for assault, theft and drug possession, among other crimes.

The Dallas Police Department has declined our request for an interview and has not answered any questions related to this case.

Chien declined to say how much he paid for Shumway’s house. Records show that someone paid off an existing lien of $56,900 the day before the sale closed on the house.

All of the real estate records we have found on this case are available on Scribd.

By |2015-10-30T10:03:49-05:00October 29th, 2015|News|27 Comments

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  1. […] In October, police issued a missing person bulletin for Shumway, and the Oak Cliff Advocate was first to make the connection between the mysterious corpse, the missing man and the sale of the house after the date police said […]

  2. Jancey March 4, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    This is one the older, first articles written about this story before all the insane details came to light, when Shumway obviously seemed a suspicious person of interest at the time. However, I found the lengthy paragraph slandering Shumway’s character (information garnered from not much more than 3rd party heresay) to be to be in very poor form. While his past criminal record was in fact worth mentioning as it did appear to reinforce the probability of him being a possible suspect, the majority Shumway’s “character bio” was totally inappropriate and negatively biased, especially the “He was an Internet troll to whom no friend I have been able to find.” Really? (And what kind of awful sentence structure is that anyway?!). Real nice job just neutrally presenting the facts and letting someone be viewed as innocent until proven guilty. Because not only did he turn out to be innocent, but he can’t defend his self because he WAS MURDERED! Did you do your internship with Nancy Grace?

  3. […] police announced in October that Shumway had been missing since April, real estate documents revealed that his house had sold in June. Police say Colbert posed as Shumway to sell the house and that he […]

  4. […] had been missing since April 2015. We first connected his disappearance to real estate documents signed in June. We even speculated that the sale of the house might’ve been […]

  5. Mark knapp October 31, 2015 at 2:50 AM

    Connor has some red flags… Wonder what he knows about Quickcrete?

  6. Smokey October 30, 2015 at 12:03 PM

    I’ll bet your self appraisal is way too low.

  7. Susan Thomas October 30, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Hardly. Haha

  8. […] where a human body was discovered in September. Police say Shumway has been missing since April, but the sale of his house closed in June. Also, the Dallas Voice found Facebook messages Shumway apparently posted in May stating he had […]

  9. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 6:37 PM


  10. Susan Thomas October 29, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    I just laughed out loud!!! No I’ll go as a bag of bones. It won’t be a stretch for me.

  11. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    Ok I’m going as a Dart Bus Driver…
    You should go as Stienbrooks!
    Sorry, too much fun…

  12. Susan Thomas October 29, 2015 at 5:11 PM

    You’re probably right because they would likely announce the identity by now. Noones looking for him and his alleged new boyfriend in Austin? It’s all so odd. Per the article steinbrook brokered the deal with/for Shumway. You should read Steinbrooks profile on LinkedIn…
    Yes!!! I want to go!! Hahahahaha

  13. Dove October 29, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Rachel, you cannot find any of his friends? Seems like he had lots of fb friends and they were pretty responsive towards him.

  14. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    I think the person buried there was not Shumway or the police wouldn’t be looking for him. If you have a body and a name it would of cleared by now. Susan where did I read Stienbrook rep’d for the seller? Or did he flow through as an assigned or did he stand in as Shumway? Hey by the way Susan, wanna go trick or treating with us? Bet you can guess where were headed…

  15. Susan Thomas October 29, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    Connor Steinbrook isnt listed with TREC as being a broker of any sort. Clearly there are many holes to this story that need be filled… and youre right title policy is key in all real estate transactions.

  16. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    No title polices? I have been active as a cash player but never without a title policy. Any agent or broker in this chain that didn’t make disclosures is red meat Susan…

  17. Susan Thomas October 29, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Im thinking someone got tired of his crazy arse, killed him and made him into a new patio. If they were able to sell his house posing as him, they likely also maxxed out some credit cards in his name as well. Always a paper trail.

  18. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Barrett was the victim and Lehr was the accused and convicted. 3 duplexes in Lake Highlands area. Very sad case involving elder fraud.

  19. Susan Thomas October 29, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    It was all cash. Many cash buyers dont get appraisals…and most cash buyers are investors.

  20. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Which time? I’m counting at least 3 closings in a few days? If borrowed money was used where leads the appraisal trail? BOV’s?

  21. anneDallas October 29, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Are you referring to the Bendtson/Swiss Avenue case?! Because if so, WOW. Interesting.

  22. Susan Thomas October 29, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    It sold for 239.9

  23. […] to the Oak Cliff Advocate, Shumway was apparently present the June 12 closing on the house on Winnetka Avenue. But when Sean […]

  24. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Rachael this same person notarized documents in a case a few years back that allowed a man to take a lady’s property who suffered from obvious dementia. Of all the people to testify in the con man’s trial she was the only one that missed the victims condition. The man was convicted and the property was returned to the victim. She worked for another title company at that time. Coincidental perhaps?

  25. Smokey October 29, 2015 at 12:35 PM

    Law requires a solid copy of Shumway’s goverment issued ID be presented for a notary to enter in the log book. A copy should be in the closing file. Rachel…great work!

  26. Rachel Stone October 29, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    I left her a voicemail at Chicago Title.

  27. lakewoodhobo October 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Has anyone contacted the woman who notarized the posted document?

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