Lancaster, PA – It was seven years ago to the day – August, 23, 2009 – when Toni Lee Sharpless mysteriously disappeared. The 29-year-old single mother and nurse vanished after driving away from a late night party in Gladwyne, PA at the home of NBA star Willie Green.
Although the case remains unsolved and the media attention has waned, what happened to Sharpless remains with country music singer Gina Miller each year since 2010. Like Sharpless, Miller is also a full-time Registered Nurse and mother from Lancaster county.
For the past six years, Miller has kept Sharpless’ story alive in part by participating in The Squeaky Wheel Tour, an annual concert series created by nonprofit GINA for Missing Persons FOUNDation to raise awareness of the more than 84,000 people who go missing each year.
“The Squeaky Wheel Tour is the single most important thing I do all year long,” said Miller. “We need to find Toni and give closure to her parents and her beautiful daughter. I am holding on to hope, and won’t stop until she comes home.”
The Squeaky Wheel Tour features artists who ‘adopt’ a missing person from their state and serve as their advocate during performances, appearances, and more. Over the next few months, Miller will perform at several venues to advocate for Sharpless including at a Lancaster Barnstormers baseball game Monday, August 29. She is also scheduled to perform Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Ephrata Fair in Ephrata, PA; Sunday, Sept. 25 at the Downingtown Fall Fest in Downingtown, PA. More performance dates and locations to be added.
At the time of her disappearance, the blue-eyed Sharpless was wearing a turquoise shirt with black tights, black sandals, and turquoise earrings. She is 5’5 and 135 lbs. with red/brown hair and a tattoo on her right calf. She was driving a black 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT with Pennsylvania tag DND-7772. The car has never been found.
In 2011, Miller co-wrote Missing Piece, a tribute single to family members and friends of a missing person. She signed with legendary producer Jack Gale and his independent Nashville label Playback Records in 2015 and recently released a four-song sophomore EP titled Angel from Montgomery featuring originals and cover music including the 1971 single Angel from Montgomery, originally written by John Prine. Miller’s version is currently being played on country music radio stations in nearly all 50 states.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Sharpless, please call the West Brandywine Police Department at 610-380-8201. You can also visit www.MissingToniSharpless.com to submit tips anonymously. For more information about Gina Miller visit www.ginasong.com or Facebook.