Could social media help solve decades old mystery?

Cheryl Anne Scherer
Cheryl Anne Scherer
The gas station where Cheryl Anne Scherer was last seen.
The gas station where Cheryl Anne Scherer was last seen.
Cheryl Anne Scherer
Cheryl Anne Scherer

SCOTT CITY, MO (KFVS) - Wednesday marks the 34th anniversary of the day Cheryl Anne Scherer vanished from a Scott City gas station. Could social media help solve a Scott County mystery more than three decades old?

"I keep thinking if somebody went by there and passed it and remember something – maybe they've never told anyone, but that may be that little bit of information we need," said Scherer's sister, Diane Scherer-Morris.

Morris and the rest of Scherer's family believe someone, somewhere has information about what happened on April 17, 1979.

"It's the littlest thing somebody may be thinking is not important," Morris said. "All of those things are important to us."

Morris was just 14-years-old when her older sister seemed to vanish not long after a phone call to their mother.

Her car and purse were still there, but $480 from a bank bag and the beautiful 19-year-old red-head were gone.

"I mean, you always wonder if we will ever find out," said Morris.

She recalls a time when information spread so much more slowly, and Interstate 55 literally served as the information highway.

"I just remember they would tell the truck drivers to watch for a red-headed girl," Morris said.

Morris says even after three decades the family still has hope. Recently they decided to take Cheryl Anne's pictures and story from the pages of their photo albums to Facebook.

"Just to have another option to keep her name out there," said Morris. "Maybe if people spread the word it can reach the right people."

Already they're touched by how many people have responded.

"It is so comforting to see she hasn't been forgotten," said Morris. "In a way, I'm not surprised. She didn't have any enemies. Everybody loved Cheryl. She was a wonderful girl."

Lt. Jerry Bledsoe with the Scott County Sheriff's Office hasn't forgotten either. He's been on the case from day one. He remembers getting a call from another deputy to take Scherer's picture to KFVS and alert other media.

"You may have a situation here where one person hasn't told anybody that makes it difficult to solve," said Lt. Bledsoe. "That may be what we are dealing with," he said.

Bledsoe says spreading Scherer's picture online through social media could be key to reaching the right person.

"It might jar them to think it's time to tell somebody about this," Lt. Bledsoe said. "It's so important we keep this alive. We've tracked down numerous leads and it would me everything to find the right one to bring the family closure. We will solve this."

Scherer's sister says she thinks of Cheryl Anne every day. She says no matter what, they never failed to say "I love you," and she thinks of the miracle it would be to finally have answers.

"We are past being bitter about anything," said Morris. "We just need to know what happened. We want that for our mother and for Cheryl," Morris said of her brother and family.

Lt. Bledsoe says they still have hope that DNA evidence could also help.

The moneybag left at the station was sent to Holland for DNA testing, and some tests are still pending.

Family and investigators feel with modern technology, even cases decades-old can still be solved.

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