Sheryl Ann Tillinghast

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Sheryl, circa 1973;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 55 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 24, 1973 from Wassaic, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 16, 1956
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sheryl was last seen in Wassaic, New York on September 24, 1973. She was employed in the laundry room at Wassaic State School, a reform school, at the time. She is originally from Phelps, New York and had left because of problems within her family, which included verbal and physical abuse. However, she maintained regular contact with her loved ones at home. Prior to her disappearance, Sheryl told her family she was going to visit home for her mother's birthday. She told her older sister she'd gotten a car, and the two of them planned to move to California together.

    When Sheryl didn't arrive home as scheduled, her mother called Wassaic State School and was informed Sheryl didn't want to come home. Her mother believed Sheryl had left on her own, didn't report her missing and made very little effort to find her. It wasn't until 1998, 25 years later, that the rest of the family realized no missing persons report had been filed.

    Sheryl left behind all her belongings, including two paychecks worth $150 in total. There hasn't been any activity on her Social Security number, bank records or Department of Motor Vehicles records, any indication that she's been married, any sightings, or any other sign of her since 1973. Her mother died in 1996, but siblings are still searching for her. Foul play is suspected in Sheryl's disappearance, which remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    New York State Police


    Source Information
    New York State Police
    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    USA Today


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 9, 2016; picture added, deitails of disappearance updated.

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