Unsolved Mysteries (lost unaired Sharon Eugenia Davis segment of American TV series; early 2000s)

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A picture of Sharon Davis, c. 2001

Status: Lost

Unsolved Mysteries is an American television program that focuses on presenting missing person cases, unsolved murders, paranormal activity, and other unsolved cases. The original run of the show aired from 1988 to 1999 and was hosted by actor Robert Stack. After its cancelation, Lifetime renewed the series in 2000. It ran until 2002.

On June 13th, 2001, elementary school teacher Sharon Eugenia Davis left to go to a school meeting and was never seen again. Shortly following her disappearance, Unsolved Mysteries’ producers decided to do a segment on the case. The segment would’ve aired in 2002. However, before the segment could air, Davis’s husband objected to the airing of the segment, leading to it being pulled from air. The segment has never aired, and is now considered lost.

The Case

Sharon Eugenia Davis was born on March 17, 1950, in Mobile, Alabama, though she lived in Los Angeles, California for most of her life. She was described as artistic, kind, and quiet. After getting her degree from the University of California, she met Ron Davis in 1980 and married him shortly thereafter. The two moved to Dallas, Texas, and had two children.

In 1985, Sharon made plans to leave Ron and file for divorce, describing him as “controlling and ill-tempered[1].” She later went back on this decision, choosing to stay with Ron.

Ron Davis

On June 11, 2001, Sharon filed for divorce from Ron. Though she had a temporary restraining order against Ron, it was deemed a better plan for her to stay in the home so she could have better access to the assets she wanted to possess. The next morning, Sharon asked her daughter Autumn to move a car in the driveway because Ron had an early morning meeting the next day.

On June 13, 2001, Sharon dropped Autumn off at the Rapid Transit Park and Ride at roughly 7:00 am. She reportedly had a teaching training session at a local school and indicated that she would return home to get changed. Sharon never arrived at the school. Her car was later found abandoned in a parking lot with a broken window. It contained all of her personal items and was wiped of all fingerprints[2].

Because the case is still considered a missing person investigation, no suspects have been named. However, her husband Ron is considered a suspect by many online. Ron repeatedly claimed that Sharon was mentally ill and may have admitted herself to a mental hospital. Many close to Sharon doubt these claims[3]. Ron’s son, Ronnie, has sworn testimony stating that Ron pulled a gun on him when Ronnie confronted him about his mother’s disappearance[4].

Sharon remains a missing person to this day. Ron is considered a witness in the case. If you have any information regarding Sharon’s disappearance, please contact the Dallas Police Department.

The Segment

The producers of Unsolved Mysteries produced a segment on Sharon’s disappearance in mid/late 2001. It was slated for broadcast sometime in the spring of 2002. Ron denied the request to be interviewed in the segment. Just before it was to air, Ron objected again, sending a letter to the producers asking for the segment to not be aired. Lifetime apparently concurred, and the segment was never shown. Some believe this is due to the show implying Ron's involvement, however, this is unconfirmed[5].

The segment never went on to air and has never been shown since.

Although Unsolved Mysteries has had a fair share of lost/unaired segments (some including the rumored Springfield Three segment and the original version of the Thomas Drake case), this is one of few to have definitely been confirmed to have been produced. It has never been shown, not even in the newer Spike TV/Dennis Farina-hosted version (which contained the Thomas Drake segment).