Sunny J. Sramek
Sramek, circa 2019; Floyd Clifford "Cliff" Coates
- Missing Since 04/20/2019
- Missing From Trenton, Nebraska
- Classification Missing
- Sex Female
- Race White
- Date of Birth 02/23/2001 (22)
- Age 18 years old
- Height and Weight 5'7, 183 pounds
- Clothing/Jewelry Description A black tank top and denim shorts. Also carrying a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of jeans.
- Associated Vehicle(s) White 2004 Ford Explorer with the Iowa license plate number HGJ341.
- Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Sramek has a tattoo of a tribal sun in red ink on her right ankle, and a tattoo of a feather with the word "FLY" on her left shoulder; a photo of the shoulder tattoo is posted with this case summary. She had cuts on her arm at the time of her disappearance. Sramek has multiple scars on her body, including a rectangular scar on the back of her right shoulder, a small square scar in the center of her forehead, chicken pox scars on her face, scars on her shin and ankle from a bike accident, and a scar on her left hand at the base of her thumb and forefinger. Her ears and nose are pierced. Sramek may use the last name Straub.
Details of Disappearance
Sramek disappeared from Trenton, Nebraska on April 20, 2019. She left with a male acquaintance, Floyd Clifford "Cliff" Coates Jr., in a white 2004 Ford Explorer with the Iowa license plate number HGJ341, allegedly en route to Omaha, Nebraska, 300 miles away. They planned to pick up Coates's niece there.
Sramek called her mother from a borrowed phone at 12:45 p.m. and said she was in Holdrege, Nebraska. She didn't indicate that anything was wrong. Her family never heard from her again.
Coates has told multiple stories about Sramek's disappearance. According to one of his accounts, they went to the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa between 9:00 p.m. and midnight, and he went inside the casino. Sramek couldn't go with him because she was underage; the minimum age for casino gambling in Iowa is 21.
He said when he returned to the vehicle, Sramek was gone. He stated he looked around in the area for her, but couldn't find her, so he simply left without informing police or anyone else that she was missing.
Later, Coates changed his story and said Sramek disappeared when they stopped at an unspecified Omaha gas station to refuel. He said he went inside to pay for the gas, and when he came back she was gone. As with his casino story, Coates said he left without informing anyone that Sramek was missing.
A photo of Coates is posted with this case summary. It's worth noting he has an extensive record with convictions in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska, for drug- and weapons-related offenses, battery, false imprisonment, theft and other offenses. He has not been named as a suspect in Sramek's disappearance, however.
At the time of her disappearance, Sramek was living with her mother and working on getting her GED. She was separated from her husband, who is not believed to have been involved in her disappearance.
Sramek has never been heard from again. The circumstances of her disappearance are unclear, but her family believes she met with foul play.
- Hitchcock County Sheriff's Office 308-334-5444
- Federal Bureau of Investigation 402-493-8688
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated April 26, 2022; casefile added.