We are deeply saddened to learn that Deputy Shane Detwiler, of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Department, was killed in the line of duty while serving his community on Monday – July 13, 2009. Even more heartbreaking is that Shane is the son of Texas EquuSearch member, Cheryl Railsback. Cheryl and her bloodhound, Ellie Mae has assisted Texas EquuSearch on many missing person’s cases. Shane was a veteran of the Iraq War, and was a very proud and dedicated husband, son, father and brother. Visitation will be on Thursday – July 16, 2009 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Eagle Heights Fellowship Church, located at 14120 Hwy. 146 in Dayton, Texas 77535. Funeral services will be on Friday – July 17, 2009, 10:00 a.m., at the Maranatha Church, located at 12319 Hwy. 146 in Mont Belvieu, Texas 77580. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go to Shane’s entire family, his friends and the law enforcement community he worked with. Texas EquuSearch members are encouraged to attend, if possible.


  1. Melissa Southerland on July 20, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    The law needs to start protecting the people who protect us. Otherwise it is going to be “open season” on law enforcement. This is just awful. Cheryl I am sorry to hear about your families loss. He died doing a noble deed and I thank him for that.

    God Bless!

  2. Llana on July 17, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    To all the family of Cheryl,

    We have lost a great hero. God always takes his best angels. Shane happened to be one of gods angels. He and Elle Mae are already together looking down on us to continue their dreams. Lets Continue their dreams and wishes. May god bless you and your family at this time in need. Be strong and stay positive.


  3. laurie Powell on July 15, 2009 at 7:52 PM

    Please accept my heart felt sympathy for the loss of your son. We will remember you, your family as well as his in our prayers.
    Laurie NC TES member

  4. Stephen Hale on July 15, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    It makes no difference when or where that a son of Americas finest is lost, a loss that many suffer , but non like the mother of that son.
    From my family that is safe and secure due to the law enforcement work being done, our depest sympathy is extended to Cheryl and hers. May God bless you and keep you in the days to come.

  5. nancy smith on July 15, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Dear Cheryl,

    I am saddened by your loss. I know how proud of him you are. You raised a brave man to serve our country in so many different ways. Thank you. I pray for ya’ll in this time of sorrow.


  6. Barbie Tarr on July 15, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    My most heartfelt sympathies go out to Cheryl and the entire family of Shane, along with all those who knew and loved him. What an outstanding man, to have served his country and his community so proudly and bravely. We all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. No words can express the sorrow I feel for your loss. May the Lord hold you in His arms and grant you peace.

  7. Tina Eudy on July 15, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    My heart goes out to Cheryl Railsback and her family along with her friends. Losing anyone sucks but a child hurts deeply. Her son, Shane, was a very courageous person to dedicate his life to serving his country and others. I would like to thank you for raising such a great person. I know you are very proud of him as we are too.

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