When Sheena West suddenly disappeared while out with friends Saturday night, her friends feared the worst.
The 36-year-old mother was caring and responsible and would never have gone off without saying something, they said, nor would she have left her phone and wallet behind.
A missing person’s report was filed with Virginia Beach police the next day and social media soon filled with pleas for help finding her.
Included in some of the posts was security footage from Central Shore, the tapas bar and restaurant off Shore Drive that West had gone to that night. It appeared to show her being led out by a man.
On Tuesday, West’s friends worst fears were confirmed when they learned she had died.
Norfolk police said they were called to a residence in the 1200 block of Hillside Avenue in the Ocean View area for an unresponsive woman. The call came in at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, just hours after West disappeared from Central Shore.
The woman, later identified as West, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police spokeswoman Noel Lipieko wrote in an email to The Pilot that no signs of foul play have been detected so far, and that the incident is being investigated as an undetermined death.
The Center For Animal Healing, Virginia Beach Pet Wellness Center, an animal care center where West worked, closed on Wednesday as co-workers struggled to process the news, according to a post on its Facebook page.
“Sheena was very passionate about her work here and had so much love for all her doggie patients,” said Tracy Espinosa, the center’s office manager, in a message to The Pilot. “She was funny, positive and such a sweet friend. She spoke so lovingly about her family, especially her son.”
Jane Harper, 757-222-5097, firstname.lastname@example.org
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