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By Diana Hefley
Herald Writer
MACHIAS -- A stranger could help bring a missing boy home to his family.
Sheriff's detectives want to hear from the woman who recently called The Herald with specifics about the disappearance of Shelby Wright. The woman may have key information that could help locate the boy, detectives said.
Shelby, 14, was last seen late July 2004 in the Machias area. He is featured on the two of clubs as part of the state's first deck of cold case playing cards. Detectives hope the cards will generate new leads about unsolved homicides and missing person cases dating back four decades.
Lisa Wright doesn't believe her son is alive. That doesn't stop her from praying that Shelby will come home someday.
"I know he's gone. A mother knows when her child passes. I just want him home," she said. "He doesn't need to be lying in a field or woods somewhere. I just want my son home, to bury him."
Homicide detectives in April returned to the Machias neighborhood where Shelby was last seen, including the property belonging to a family friend where Shelby's scooter was found. They brought along a backhoe, radar equipment and specially-trained dogs to search for signs of the boy. Investigators have declined to discuss the search.
Lisa Wright misses her son. Her parents miss their grandchild. They've been sad for so long.
She hopes someone can do what she hasn't been able to do in four long years -- find Shelby.

Reporter Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463 or
About this series
Snohomish County sheriff's detectives created the state's first deck of cold-case playing cards. Each Sunday for a year, The Herald will publish a story about a case featured on one of the cards. The 52 cards can be viewed on The Herald's Web site.
Anyone with information about unsolved homicides or missing persons cases is asked to call 800-222-TIPS (8477). Up to a $1,000 reward is offered. Tips also can be left on the sheriff's tip line at 425-388-3845. Callers may remain anonymous, although tips have been more successful when callers speak with detectives, police said.
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