Details of Disappearance Sharon was last seen on September 28, 1973, when she left her home on Cornell Drive in the Dayton View neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio. She had attended her classes at Fairview High School, where she was a freshman.
After school she went home, had a piano lesson, and left to collect money in the neighborhood for her Dayton Journal Herald newspaper route. She has never been heard from again.
Procedures at the time prohibited Sharon's family from reporting her as a missing child until 24 hours had passed. Investigators believe she did not run away and was probably abducted and murdered.
A witness saw a girl matching Sharon's description struggling with a Caucasian man near a car at the corner of Cornell and Philadelphia Drive at 5:30 p.m. on the day she disappeared. The car was a dark blue 1965 Ford sedan, and the man is described as Caucasian, between thirty and forty years old, with a medium complexion and a full beard. The man has never been identified and the girl was not confirmed to be Sharon.
Sharon's family describes her as an intelligent, responsible and studious teenager who always dressed modestly. She skipped the eighth grade at Cornell Heights School prior to her disappearance.
Authorities followed up many leads in her case over the years, but her disappearance remains a mystery. Her family held a memorial service for her in 2006.
- Dayton Police Department
Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 21, 2020; details of disappearance updated.