‘Can’t stop thinking about what he went through’: Sister pleads for answers after brother’s body was found in Spokane River

SPOKANE, Wash. — Shayne Lamonica was found dead in the Spokane River with few clues on how he ended up there and what caused his death.

His sister says all she thinks about is how her brother could leave his apartment and end up dead in the river.

Someone spotted his body on June 19, and since then, investigators still don’t know how he got there, nor the cause of death.

A camera captured footage of Shayne’s final moments outside of his apartment. However, his family is worried time is running out. They’re asking people to please check surveillance cameras for any signs of Shayne before he died.

Investigators say he was naked near the Downriver golf course.

“Honestly, I can’t stop thinking about how or what he might have went through in that last little bit from him leaving his apartment to him ending up where he was,” said Shayla Lamonica, Shayne’s sister.

Shayla reported him missing on June 9, and police found him 10 days later. She’s still trying to put the pieces together.

“If you have cameras at your house that record anything, please just look at them or save them and send them to us,” she said.

July 9 will be a month since he was reported missing. She’s pleading with people to check footage and save it before it could be deleted.

Shayla thinks Shayne may have been heading to the Fred Meyer on Thor where he usually shopped. She says he had schizophrenia but is confident he wouldn’t take his own life.

“He was in and out of some mental health facilities over the last couple of years, but it was never for anything suicidal,” she added.

Their family is treasuring the memories they have with Shayne, just 30-years-old when he died. Shayla encourages everyone to hold their loved ones even tighter.

“I definitely think people need to take more time out of their lives,” she said.

If you have any information about the case or security footage, you’re encouraged to call Crime Check at 509.456.2233. Give the reference number: 10076783. You can also save any footage you think could help and send it to whathappenedtoshayne@gmail.com.