Family continues to search for missing Fort Campbell soldier every day

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (WKRN) – Wednesday will mark two months since a Fort Campbell solider disappeared, and her family put their lives on hold, traveling to Tennessee to search for her.

PFC Shadow McClaine’s father says he’s not going to leave until he finds his daughter.

Jesse Willis and her grandparents spend time Monday putting up flyers at Liberty Park, a place they say makes them feel a sense of peace since McClaine liked to spend time there roller blading.

“It’s quiet down here. [It] is probably why she came down here to get away from everything,” Willis told News 2.

The family said they still search for McClaine every day.

Jesse Willis, Shadow McClaine's father (Photo: WKRN)
Jesse Willis, Shadow McClaine’s father (Photo: WKRN)

“Still waiting,” Willis said. “Waiting it the hardest part.”

He’s also praying for her safe return.

“I get sick to my stomach every day we haven’t heard anything, but I got to get keep going,” he said.

Willis said it’s totally out of character for McClaine not to call her mother daily. She last talked to her on Sept. 2 and hasn’t been heard from since.

“She would not go AWOL. She is not a deserter. Something happened to her,” Willis said. “Somebody knows something. They need to come forward.”

Her grandparents also put their lives on hold and came to Tennessee from Nebraska to help search for her.

“You think this can’t be happening. This only happens in the movies. This doesn’t happen in real life to people,” said grandmother Connie McClaine.

With the holidays coming up, McClain’s family says it won’t be the same without her.

Glen and Connie McClaine, Shadow McClaine's grandparents (Photo: WKRN)
Glen and Connie McClaine, Shadow McClaine’s grandparents (Photo: WKRN)

“We want to be with them in a time of celebration, not gut wrenching heartache,” the grandmother said.

As the family continues to search for the 25-year-old, they are preparing for the worst but hoping for the best.

“I just want to find her, one way or the other, and take her home, and we can start healing,” grandfather Glen McClaine said.

McClaine’s ex-husbad Jamal McCray was arrested earlier this month, but it’s unclear if he is being investigated for her disappearance.

Army officials also released a statement last week saying two soldiers are currently being held as persons of interest in her disappearance, but no further details or names were released.

News 2 reached out to them for any updates on the case, and we are still waiting on them to respond.

McClaine has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) at 270-798-9406 or Fort Campbell Military Police at 270-798-0416.

Tips can also be called into the Army CID Headquarters in Virginia at 1-844-844-276-9243 or emailed to Army.CID.Crime.Tips@mail.mil.