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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.

Sherri Lee Truesdale Missing

Age progression circa 2002

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.

However, that is one of several theories regarding what may have happened to the missing teen.

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.

Anyone who may have information regarding this case is urged to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at 336-773-7848.

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Escatawpa Jane Doe: Found In 1977, Identified By DNA In 2021

It is believed that she was a victim of late serial killer Samuel Little. He confessed to killing her before he died in 2020.

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Clara Birdlong (1) Escatawpa Jane Doe

Samuel Little confessed to killing over 90 women and authorities believe that Escatawpa Jane Doe was one of them. On December 27, 1977, hunters came across her remains near a construction site by Mississippi’s Highway 613 and Interstate 10 in Jackson County. At the time, all authorities knew was that she was a Black woman who had probably been deceased for approximately three to four months. She was petite, possibly wearing a wig, had a gold front tooth, and was the victim of a homicide, although police never determined a cause of death. (more…)

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