By Talia Kaplan
CAHOKIA, Ill. (KSDK) - A huge break in a case, like the one in Ohio, doesn't just give hope to families; it also gives hope to members of law enforcement.
Cahokia police are investigating a case involving Gary Shanley who went missing in November 2006.
It has been almost seven years since the now 33-year-old disappeared, but investigators say they are not losing hope that they will find him.
Police say Shanley was last seen at Double Duece Tavern in Cahokia. He would stick to a routine, and rarely traveled, so after he stopped going to his regular spots for about a week, his father reported him missing.
Police call his disappearance suspicious.
They say anytime a lead turns up they investigate it and handle the case as if it was just reported.
Lt. Dennis Plew with the Cahokia Police Department says when he heard about what happened in Ohio he was amazed and it reaffirms his confidence that Cahokia police will solve Shanley's case.
"You just never know as in these cases here. You just don't know what's going to happen. Like any other investigation whether it's a missing person or a homicide a lot of times you depend on the community around you to help you out, luck, miracles, I don't know who knows. I think when you give up hope it's definitely over and in missing persons cases we don't give up hope," said Lt. Plew.
Anyone who has information on Shanley's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Cahokia Police Department at 618-337-9500.