Cheryl Ann Scherer

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Scherer, circa 1979;
Bottom Right: Age-progression at age 41 (circa 2000)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 17, 1979 from Scott City, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 19, 1959
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'1, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Scherer has a mole half an inch from her navel and a dime-sized dark brown birthmark between her shoulder blades.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Scherer was last seen working her shift at Rhoades Rhodes Pump-Ur-Own Station self-service gasoline station in Scott City, Missouri on April 17, 1979. She disappeared from the station sometime between 11:40 and 11:50 a.m. Scherer's purse and checkbook were at her workplace upon investigation later in the day, and her car was parked in the parking lot with the car keys inside. Approximately $480 was missing from the station's cash register. Authorities believe that Scherer was abducted by person(s) unknown after a robbery. There were no witnesses to her apparent kidnapping.

    Serial killers Otis Toole and Henry Lee Lucas, who traveled together and separately across the United States in the 1970s and 1980s randomly killing people, told police that they kidnapped and killed a girl in the area around the time Scherer disappeared. Lucas was shown a photograph of Scherer and says she was not the girl he abducted, but police suspect she was because she was the only girl reported missing in the area at that time. There was never enough evidence to charged Lucas and Toole in connection with Scherer's case, though it was established that they were indeed in Scott City when she disappeared, along with Toole's niece and nephew. Both men have since died in prison. It should be noted that they each had a history of making confessions to crimes they did not commit.

    Lucas is also considered a possible suspect in the disappearances of Eva DeBruhl and Elizabeth Theresa Bishop. Both he and Toole have since died in prison. It should be noted that they each had a history of making confessions to crimes they did not commit.

    Scherer was considered an excellent employee; she had been working at the station for about a year prior to her abduction and always arrived on time. She resided in Illmo, Missouri and was working to put herself through college. She paid her automobile insurance before her disappearance and it is not believed that she staged the robbery in any way. Scherer's case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Scott County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    Scott County Sheriff's Department
    The Southeast Missourian
    KVFS 12


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 21, 2016; details of disappearance updated.

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