Where is Tracy Jo Shine? How Did She Die?

No one really knows what happened to Tracy Jo Shine. Her body was never recovered. But her then-boyfriend was finally convicted of the crime. You can learn more here.
Tracy Jo Shine

Tracy Jo Shine was born to her parents on December 7, 1962. Tracy Jo Shine would be murdered by her then-boyfriend, Michael Durwood Neal around August 8, 1987. It is uncertain the exact day of Tracy’s death.

Neal supposedly was responsible for dismembering Tracy and then placing her in one of the 55-gallon drums filled with acid.

However, Neal has been sitting behind bars for an attempted murder back in 1985 and was talking about murdering Tracy. However, since law enforcement did not have a body, they were incapable of charging him with any wrongdoing.

Details of Disappearance

Tracy would be last seen in and around Harris County Texas on April 8, 1987. The local authorities believed she was murdered by her then-boyfriend, Michael Durwood Neal in the home that they shared in the northwest section of Harris County. Neal murdered her because he thought Tracy went to the local police station to tell them about all his criminal activities that she knew about him.

Neal was a well-known drug dealer. Neal was also a part of the Aryan Brotherhood, who is a white supremacist gang as well. Neal was not a clean nosed individual by any means.

Investigators also believed that Neal stored Tracy’s lifeless body in one of his refrigerators for a few months before dissolving her body in what is known as muriatic acid.

However, by the time local authorities got to the refrigerator, the refrigerator was completely empty, and Neal must have cleaned it out using bleach.

However, investigators were able to find a single hair and a small piece of human tissue inside of the refrigerator by the grace of God. They were able to match it to Tracy’s mitochondrial DNA.

Neal would not be officially charged with Tracy’s murder until March of 2000. In January of 2001, Neal would plead guilty and would show police where he placed Tracy’s body. Neal would take police to a strip mall off FM 1960 and Jones Road and bring them to a garbage bin.

Before even being convicted or charged with Tracy’s murder, Neal was already slapped with a life in prison sentence for aggravated assault.  On top of that sentence, Neal would also be given another life sentence for the murder of Tracy Jo Shine as well. However, as of 2019, Neal is dead.

Tracy’s mother would state that her daughter (Tracy) had such a normal childhood and how her daughter was a very talented dancer who was accepted into an amazing performing arts high school right here in Houston Texas.

However, when Tracy was in High school, she got involved with the wrong crowd and started doing drugs and shortly after dropped out. Then Tracy would move in with her then-boyfriend Neal, when she was only 18 years old.

However, Tracy’s body was never discovered. Authorities believe it was probably taking to the cities landfill.

Suspect Pleads Guilty

Neal, 44 was already serving a life prison sentence for aggravated assault when he was given yet another 45 years to serve for the August of 1987 murder of his then-girlfriend Tracy Joe Shine.

The sentences were to be served one right after the other, which meant that Neal would not be up for parole until 2007 at the earliest.

Neal would not be officially charged with Tracy’s murder until March of 2000. In January of 2001, Neal would plead guilty and would show police where he placed Tracy’s body. Neal would take police to a strip mall off FM 1960 and Jones Road and bring them to a garbage bin.

However, Tracy’s body was never discovered. Authorities believe it was probably taking to the cities landfill.

Authorities believe that Neal murdered Shine, 24, but they are unsure how he murdered her as the body was never recovered. All that they do know for certain the murder took place in the home that they shared with one another.

However, Neal is very familiar with law enforcement as he has an extensive criminal history. However, Neal would deny any involvement with Shine’s death, but the Harris County detectives believed she was murdered due to him thinking she was informing police of his criminal activities.