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Search Continues for Missing Girlfriend of Man Who Committed Suicide

Atlantic City Police continue to search for a missing woman who disappeared a day before her boyfriend committed suicide.  

Sapphire Wiggins was reported missing by her family on Oct. 19 of last year after they hadn’t seen her for several days. Investigators believe an argument occurred between Wiggins and her boyfriend, 50-year-old Kevin Shelton of Runnemede, New Jersey, inside his vehicle in Atlantic City on Oct. 17. 

On Oct. 18, Shelton called a family member and said he got into an argument with his girlfriend, claiming he did something bad and was going to jail for a long time, according to investigators. Shelton then drove to his ex-wife’s home in Runnemede and committed suicide. After months of investigation, police now believe Wiggins was the victim of foul play and is likely dead. 

Investigators say Shelton left Atlantic City with Wiggins on Oct. 17, driving his 2002 Blue Porsche 911 outbound on the Atlantic City Expressway and getting off at exit 12 in Hamilton Township, Atlantic County. Shelton allegedly drove to the Bridgeton area into Hopewell Township and then to Elk Township before returning to Atlantic City later that night.

On Oct. 18 Shelton drove to Runnemede, police said. He then drove a 2003 Gold Ford Escape and traveled to the Vineland area before returning to his ex-wife’s home in Runnemede where police say he killed himself. 

Despite extensive searches and months of investigation, officials still have not found Wiggins. 

“We believe the remains of Sapphire Wiggins could have been disposed along one of the many public highways in a wooded area somewhere between the locations mentioned above,” said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-Mcrae. “Hopewell Township is of particular interest because Kevin Shelton grew up in this area and traveled there on October 17, 2014. We are hoping that a member of the public recalls seeing one of the vehicles described above parked on a roadway on October 17th or 18th. We want to alert hunters who may be in and through the forests to report anything suspicious or out of place to authorities.”

If you have any information on Wiggins’ whereabouts, please call Detective Neil Kane of the Atlantic City Police Department at (609) 347-5767.

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