Cherie Barnes- Missouri- 1987 Jan 19, 2016 11:31:18 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Jan 19, 2016 11:31:18 GMT -5
(Pictured: Above: Left: Cherie, 1986 Right: Age-progression at 26 (circa 2010) Photo Credits: Charley Project via NCMEC)
Missing Child/Person Profile as of January 19th, 2016: (Based on Charley Project, missingkids.com)
Full Name: Cherie Nicole Barnes
Missing Since: December 1, 1986 from St. Louis, Missouri
Date Of Birth: July 30, 1984
Age (at time of disappearance): 2 years old
Age (as of 1/19/2016): 31 years old
Height and Weight: 4'0, 80 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
TIPS: Anyone having information should contact 1-800-THE-LOST or the Saint Louis Police Department (Missouri) at 1-314-444-5818
Cherie's mother and stepfather, Elizabeth Ann Turek Vasser and Larry Vasser, had custody of her in 1986. They moved from Nashville, Tennessee to St. Louis, Missouri that year. Elizabeth, who was also known as Sissy, disappeared from their home in St. Louis on December 1, 1986. She was discovered in the Mississippi River over two months later in February 1987 as the victim of homicide. There was no trace of Cherie at the scene. Authorities know that Elizabeth worked as a prostitute for her husband on Independence Avenue in St. Louis; she remained unidentified for seven years, until her family members contacted authorities and reported Elizabeth and Cherie as missing persons. The investigation into Cherie's case began at that time.
Cherie was apparently last seen in Kansas City, Missouri with Larry on January 7, 1987. She disappeared from that location and has never been heard from again. Investigators located Larry in prison for armed robbery in the mid-1990s; he will be incarcerated until at least 2028. He told authorities that he knew where his stepdaughter was located. He has stated Cherie is "being looked after" by his family members and living under another name in the Kansas City area. She may not even know she is a missing child. At one point, Larry offered to give Elizabeth's mother photographs of Cherie and a recording of her voice, if she paid him $500.
Cherie was supposed to remain in the custody of other relatives after her mother's death. Due to the complexities in this case, Cherie's disappearance is classified as a non-family abduction, although her stepfather claims to know her whereabouts. Her case remains unsolved.
Thoughts? The Charley Project claims America's Most Wanted profiled this case, I'm not sure whether or not on tv or just their website, but nevertheless it's in the missing on tv section as a result. The Charley Project and Missingkids.com profile have different missing years, but I put 1987 since even the Charley Project case summary mentions that was when Cherie last seen. I guess the big question is here is whether you want to trust or believe Cherie's stepfather who is a convicted felon.
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