Was the sale of missing man’s house a fraud?


Either Ron Shumway or someone posing as him posted these missives to Facebook in late April and early May, after police say the Oak Cliff man went missing. Image via dallasvoice.com


An unidentified source inside the Dallas Police Department told a TV news station that missing Oak Cliff man Ron Shumway’s signature was forged on real estate documents in June.

We broke the story Tuesday of Ron Shumway’s connection to the house at 725 N. Winnetka, 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 moved to Austin to live with a new boyfriend.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case, but the Dallas Police Department says the body has not been identified. The police declined our interview request and has not answered any of our questions about the case.

NBCDFW reported that an unidentified police source said the cash sale to an investor in June was fraudulent; Shumway’s signature was forged. The TV news station also reported that they spoke to notary Patricia Bramhall, who was at the June closing. From the NBC story:

The notary first told NBC5 she didn’t recall meeting Shumway but later said she had no comment.

Bramhall has not returned a call from the Advocate, and neither has Connor Steinbrook, a real estate investor who reportedly was at the closing representing Shumway, although Steinbroook does not have a real estate license.

The house flipped through several cash sales over the summer until an investor bought it for about $239,000 in August. He is the one who found the body.

By |2015-10-30T10:20:06-05:00October 30th, 2015|Crime, News, Residential Real Estate|11 Comments

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Rachel Stone is the Oak Cliff editor. Email rstone@advocatemag.com or follow twitter.com/advocate_oc.                                     


  1. […] Police announced in October that 57-year-old Shumway, a former DART bus driver, 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 fraudulent. […]

  2. Smokey October 30, 2015 at 10:20 PM

    Ok Joe… what do you know, maybe you should call…Montenegro!

  3. Joe Shumway October 30, 2015 at 7:54 PM

    Easy now

  4. Smokey October 30, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Did his mail pile up or does the Postal Service have a fowarding address? Sounds so simple but the title company should have a forwarding address. What address was listed on the notary register? Did he have a bank account, did he tell Dart where to send his W2?

  5. Rachel Stone October 30, 2015 at 2:29 PM

    Looks like your email went to my spam folder.

  6. Smokey October 30, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    I want you on my side Susan!

  7. Peggy Tomlinson van Wunnik October 30, 2015 at 12:04 PM

    For a signature to be legally notarized, it is mandatory that the signer be present at the time of notarization, and provide a valid unexpired form of ID so that he or she can be legally identified. PRESENCE and IDENTIFICATION are two essential elements in preventing a fraudulent transaction.

  8. Eliza Belle October 30, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    The biggest mystery still remains: who’s body was found under the house?

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

    RACHEL, Youre welcome for the info i provided, that you used here to update your story. Could have at least replied to the email I sent. #PROFESSIONALCOURTESY #alostart

  10. […] Oak Cliff Advocate has some additional details regarding Shumway’s background, none of which I’ve been able […]

  11. Smokey October 30, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    But for whom the shallow grave behold?

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