Tag: North Carolina

MISSING [06/13/1970] — Sherri Lee Truesdale Was A Smart Student Who Vanished While Running Errands

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. Continue reading “MISSING [06/13/1970] — Sherri Lee Truesdale Was A Smart Student Who Vanished While Running Errands”

MISSING (12/20/2006) — Kierra Westine Barnett Was Reported Missing On Christmas Day

Substance abuse is an unfortunate plaque that runs rampant through many black communities, and Kierra Westine Barnett found herself addicted to a number of vices. The 21-year-old’s mental illness partnered with her drug habits often found her on the wrong side of the law as she fell deeper into a hole of dependency and despair.

There has been little information released in her case, but let’s go over what we do know. The last day that anyone reported having contact with her was on December 20, 2006, at her home. Five days later on Christmas Day, a relative of Kierra’s filed a missing person report with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. Police investigated Kierra’s case and stated that they believe criminal activity is involved in her disappearance. They changed her status to an endangered missing person.


Crime Stoppers hoped that offering a $1,000 reward would be an incentive for anyone with information to come forward, but it’s been almost 12 years are detectives have no leads.

When it comes to Kierra’s description, reports differ. She’s described as being anywhere between 5’3″ to 5’8″ tall, but the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) database lists her as the latter. She’s approximately 125 pounds with medium-length brown hair and brown eyes. She may spell her last name as “Barnette” or go by the name “Keima.”


Anyone with information that could help in Kierra’s case is urged to contact the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office at 252-946-7111. You may also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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MISSING — Velva Lewis Vanished Two Days Before Christmas 2006

The case concerning Velva Lewis went cold quicker than anyone could have imagined, and as the years have passed on, not much else has been discovered about her case.

At the time of her disappearance, Velva Theresarose Lewis was 42-years-old. The Charlotte, North Carolina resident hasn’t been seen or heard from since December 2006. It was just two days before Christmas when she was spotted leaving her residence, however, no one knows where she was going on who she was meeting up with if anyone. Velva had on pink pants with a beige, flowered top when she went missing. She is 5’5″ tall and 210 pounds.


It’s been almost 12 years since Velva’s family and friends have seen their loved one. If you have any information regarding Velva’s disappearance, please call Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department at 704-336-2311 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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