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Shannon Lynn Fischer

Shannon Fischer was last seen at approximately 4:00pm on December 18th, 2006 at her boyfriend’s residence in the vicinity of the 200 block of East Blackhawk Avenue in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Shannon is a white female, 5’3”, and 135-140 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes. Shannon may have been wearing a black coat and glasses. She wears a size 8.5 in footwear and may have been carrying a black suitcase with her.


Shannon did not have a job. She didn't have a vehicle or a driver’s license. She didn't have a permanent address and relied on friends and family for housing and transportation. She kept her belongings in a tote bag and a small duffel bag and moved frequently.


Shannon's boyfriend, Michael John Burroughs, stated that they had had an argument. He said that he told her that he wanted to end the relationship and demanded that she leave his apartment.


She was reported missing by her parents on December 28th when they became concerned because Shannon had not contacted them over Christmas. They said that this was completely out of character and they do not believe that she would have left of her own accord. They described Shannon as being naïve, childlike, immature, and easily suggestible.


Shannon has two young children that were in foster care at the time of her disappearance.


Back in 2004, she went missing when she abruptly moved to Iowa to be with the man who fathered her first child. However, she had told her friends about those travel plans and called her mother shortly after arriving in Iowa.


Shannon has not had any contact with her loved ones since 2006 and she had never mentioned wanting to leave the area.


In October 2010, Shannon’s boyfriend Michael John Burroughs confessed to her murder. Authorities had suspected foul play, but hadn't considered that the suspect was someone that was close to her.


Michael claimed that Shannon had stolen a bag of drugs from him and that he strangled her. He kept her body in a closet in his apartment for several days before dumping her body in a garbage bin behind the building.


He was charged with first-degree reckless homicide, but in January 2011 was declared incompetent to stand trial. In January 2012, he was found competent to stand trial and plead no contest to the charge against him and was sentenced to 31 years in prison.


Foul play is suspected based on the circumstances of the case.


Shannon was 23 years old when she went missing. She would be 39 years old today.


Any leads or information should be directed to:

Prairie du Chien Police Department

Chief Kyle Teynor

(608) 326-2421


Callers can remain anonymous and will receive a cash reward

if the information leads to the location of Shannon Fischer.



You can find more on NamUs:

Case #MP295


Additional Sources:

The Charley Project

Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults


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