Sherry Lynn Marler

Left and Center: Sherry circa, 1984

Right: Age Progressed to age 44

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 6, 1984

Missing From: Greenville, Butler County, Alabama

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: August 18, 1971

Age: 12 years old

Height and Weight: 5’4″ and 120 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Brown eyes, Sherry has a two inch scar on her abdomen and a wide one inch scar on her upper back near her shoulder, Sherry’s teeth consisted of a mixture of baby and primary teeth at the time of her 1984 disappearance and had two fillings in her teeth, Sherry’s hair was long at the time of her disappearance, she may use the nickname “Little Farmer”

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red long sleeved flannel work shirt, a pair of faded jeans, a pair of new gray sneakers with velcro as the fastenings, and a watch with a black band

NCMEC Number: 601811

Details of Disappearance

Sherry Marler was last seen in Greenville, Alabama on June 6th 1984 in the downtown area. She was with her stepfather, Raymond Stringfellow, at the First National Bank. Raymond gave Sherry a dollar so she could go and buy a soda.

Sherry reportedly left the bank and was seen crossing the street towards Chevron gas station. When Raymond returns to his pickup truck 15 minutes later, she was nowhere in sight.

Authorities have received multiple reports and sightings of Sherry in the months after her disappearance. Some reports indicate that authorities revived a tip that Sherry was seen in the St. Stephen, Alabama area later in the day of her disappearance.

In the alleged sightings, Sherry would always be seen with a man who is described as being around 50 years old in 1984, standing 5’8 feet tall with a husky build, he also has a weathered complexion and cows feet around his eyes. One witness who reportedly saw Sherry and the man at a truck stop in Conley, Georgia said that Sherry called the man “B.J”.

All of the witnesses who saw Sherry with the man said that Sherry looked very upset, disheveled, and dazed. The last reported sighting of Sherry was at a mall in New Orleans, Louisiana. None of the sightings have been confirmed and the man Sherry was seen with has not been identified.

At the time of her disappearance, Sherry was described as a tomboy who enjoyed to work on the farm and knew how to drive a tractor. Her mother, Betty Stringfellow, does not believe that Sherry was a runaway and she didn’t have any significant problems in her life at the time. Sherry was looking forward to watching her favorite television show that day and visiting her grandmother.

Sherry’s case remains unsolved and she is believed to have been abducted. Her case is classified as a non family abduction.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Greenville Police Department 334-382-7461

Source Information

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network


Newspaper archives

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