On June 6, 1984, 12-year-old Greenville, Alabama, native, Sherry Lynn Marler, went into town with her stepfather to run errands. While he went to the bank to sign some papers, he gave her a dollar to buy a soda from a vending machine and told her to meet him back at his truck in 15 minutes. She hasn’t been seen since.
“That’s when our nightmare started 30 and a half years ago,” Marler’s mother, Betty Stringfellow, told the Montgomery Advertiser in 2015.
Marler’s disappearance was featured on the TV show “Unsolved Mysteries.”
Sherry Lynn Marler
- Missing Since 06/06/1984
- Missing From Greenville, Alabama
- Classification Non-Family Abduction
- Date of Birth 08/18/1971 (47)
- Age 12 years old
- Height and Weight 5’4, 100 – 120 pounds
- Clothing/Jewelry Description A red long-sleeved plaid flannel work shirt, faded jeans, new gray sneakers with velcro fastenings, and a watch with a black band.
- Distinguishing CharacteristicCaucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Sherry has a two-inch scar on her abodmen and a wide one-inch scar on her upper back near her shoulder. She had a mixture of baby and permanent teeth at the time of her 1984 disappearance, and fillings in two teeth. Her nickname is Little Farmer. Sherry’s hair was longer than shoulder-length at the time of her disappearance.
Investigators got information that Sherry may have been in the St. Stephen, Alabama area, near Betaw Road, later that month.
There were three reported sightings of Sherry by three different people after her disappearance. Each time, she was accompanied by a man, described as about 50 years old and 5’8 tall with a husky build, a weathered complexion and crow’s feet around his eyes. One witness who saw her at a truck stop in Conley, Georgia said Sherry called the man B.J.
All three of the witnesses stated that Sherry was noticeably upset, disheveled and appeared dazed. The last sighting was in a mall in New Orleans, Louisiana later in 1984. None of the sightings were confirmed.
Sherry is described as a tomboy who enjoyed farm work in 1984 and knew how to drive a tractor. Her mother does not believe she ran away; she had been looking forward to watching her favorite television show and visiting her grandmother on the day of her disappearance, and she didn’t have any significant problems in her life. Her case remains unsolved and is classified as a non-family abduction.
- Greenville Police Department 334-382-7461
- The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
- Alabama Department of Public Safety
- The Doe Network
- The Enterprise Ledger
- ABC News 4
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