Family still pursuing answers for missing Heartland teenager 4 decades later

40 years since Cheryl Scherer disappeared

BENTON, MO (KFVS) - Family and friends held a remembrance ceremony for Cheryl Anne Scherer on the 40th anniversary of her disappearance.

Scherer was 19 years old when she was last seen on April 17, 1979 where she worked at Rhodes 101 in Scott City.

Roughly 80 people came out to the St. Denis Parish Center in Benton, Mo where family and friends joined together to reminisce and pray for Scherer. They also wanted to spread the word about her case in hopes of getting answers, justice and closure for Scherer and their family.

"We want to keep her name out there," Cheryl's sister Diane Scherer-Morris said. "We really feel someone knows something and we need whoever is holding that information to come forward. And for us to have closure, and more importantly, for her to have peace."

“Maybe conscience-wise someone will own up to it and we will find out what happened and have closure,” Cheryl’s brother Anthony Scherer added.

Diane remembers the great times that she and her sister had. She said she was an absolute wonderful person.

"She really was a good person," Diane said. "She loved animals. We lived on a farm so we were outside playing a lot. She was just that good hearted person."

Diane, Anthony and her family said while it has been tough these past 40 years without her, they greatly appreciate all the support they've had while continuing searching for answers as to what happened.

"We've had such a good response from our community, family and friends," Diane stated. "It always makes us feel so good that, even 40 years later, is still remembered."

"That's what has got us through the 40 years is the support, the prayers, and the pat on the back knowing that you're not in this alone," Anthony added.

She was last seen wearing a light blue slip-on sweater with white trim, dark blue windbreaker with a hood trimmed in white, a zipper in the front and a thin white lining, with a medium brown corduroy pants.

She also had on tiny pierced earrings, a silver ring with a tiny diamond and a yellow gold necklace with a one-inch cross.

Scott County Sheriff Wes Drury said their office is still investigating Scherer’s case. He urges anyone with information on Scherer’s disappearance to call them. He said they will investigate all calls and any information in relation to the Scherer case.

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