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Sherri Lee Truesdale, 14, Vanished While Running Errands In 1970

The decades-old cold case remains a mystery.

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Sherri Lee Truesdale Missing

The family of Sherri Lee Truesdale was proud of the 14-year-old student. The teenager had recently won a scholarship to Mount Tabor High School’s fine arts program. It was a summer curriculum that began on June 14, 1970, so the day prior, Sherri planned on running a few errands to prepare.

On June 13, it’s reported that Sherri told her mother that she wanted to buy school supplies, pick up donuts for her sister, and pay her mother’s outstanding bill at the Rayless Department Store in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Around 11:30 a.m. that morning, Sherri left her home on Pitts Street and made her way to the bus stop. It seems that she was able to complete the bulk of her activities because a Rayless Department Store clerk told authorities that they remembered seeing the teen inside of the store around 4:30 p.m.

When Sherri didn’t return home, her parents frantically searched throughout the city into the rainy night. They weren’t able to find any clues or leads as to what happened to their daughter. The following day, they reported her missing to the police and believed that she may have somehow lost her footing and died in a creek in Happy Hill Park. The worried parents thought that the flooding caused by the heavy rains could have caused Sherri to drown.

The investigation into the girl’s disappearance went on for six weeks but authorities weren’t able to turn up any information that could answer the question of what happened to Sherri Lee Truesdale.

She’s never been heard from again.

At the time of her disappearance, Sherri was 4 feet 2 inches tall and 75 pounds. She’s described as having black hair (could be dark brown), brown eyes, a mole above her upper lip, and a mole on the back of her neck at the base. Both of her ears are pierced. She was last wearing a blue shirt, blue bell-bottom pants, a wristwatch with a leather or plastic band, aqua-blue pentagon-shaped earrings, and brown loafers. Her birthday is May 15, 1956, and she would be 63-years-old at the time of this publication.

Sherri Lee Truesdale Missing

Age progression circa 2002

Anyone who may have information regarding the disappearance of Sherri Lee Truesdale is urged to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7848. The case may be decades-old, but she is our sister and her life matters.


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1970s

Debra Kay Stewart, 19, Went Missing From Austin In The Spring Of 1976

Two other women also disappeared in the same area around the same time.

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Debra Kay Stewart missing

The disappearance of Debra Kay Stewart could be tied to two other missing person cases. On May 21, 1976, Debra was working at a Sears department store in Austin, Texas near Hyde Park. That day, it’s reported that the 19-year-old wasn’t feeling well so she decided to leave work early to make an appointment at the student health center located at the University of Texas. Debra was last seen leaving her place of employment and was said to be on her way to the doctor’s office, however, she never arrived at her destination.

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