Author Shirley Mays will discuss her new book, Outer Banks Piracy II: Drugs and Political Corruption, on Wednesday July 29 at 7:00 pm in the Ligonier Valley Library. This book continues the story recounted in her first book, Outer Banks Piracy: Where is My Son Jeffrey? It is a true tale of greed, drugs and the misuse of power surrounding her son Jeffrey’s disappearance off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks in 1980.
The story has its beginnings right here in Ligonier. The family moved to Ligonier in 1965 and Jeffrey graduated from Ligonier High School in 1977. The Mays started a toner business in Latrobe named Imaging Systems. After Imaging Systems was sold to Pelican, the family moved to North Carolina and bought a retail fish market in 1980.
Jeffrey and another fish market employee disappeared, under suspicious circumstances, in November 1980 while fishing. Their bodies were never recovered and there was no sign of debris from their boat. Mays lives with the mystery of his disappearance and the hope that he is alive somewhere in the world. She has spent 29 years trying to track down the truth.
Shirley Mays is first and foremost the proud mother of a son and two daughters. She is a real estate broker, an environmental consultant and has a Research Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. She has over 30 years experience in investigating troubled properties, especially those with affordable housing or environmental restrictions.
The program begins at 7.00 p.m. Shirley Mays will autograph books following the program. Mays is also a featured author at Ligonier Valley Writer’s Mini Book Fair being held at the Ligonier Valley Library on Saturday, August 1 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.