Left and Center: Cheryl circa, 1974
Right: Age Progressed to age 35
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 31, 1974
Missing From: Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: July 25, 1966
Age: 8 years old
Height and Weight: 4’0″ and 51 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Blonde hair, Blue eyes
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark brown checkered sweater and pants combination, a red nylon jacket or coat and white leather shoes, she wore a gold necklace with a medallion on it, and was carrying a pair of white pajamas with red flowers in a brown paper bag
NCMEC Number: RCMP0100680
Details of Disappearance
Cheryl Hanson was 8 years old when she disappeared from Aurora, Ontario, Canada on May 31st 1974. She was last seen at approximately 5:30 pm after she asked her mother for permission to have a sleepover with her cousins who lived approximately 10 minutes away from her family’s farm. Her mother initially denied the request but then let her go. Cheryl packed her pajamas into a brown paper bag and was seen walking down the driveway towards her cousins house.
Cheryl’s mother said she had a “bad” feeling after Cheryl had gone and called the house to see if Cheryl had made it to the house. Cheryl never arrived to her cousins house and was never seen or heard from again. After she disappeared, several witnesses came forward and stated they had seen Cheryl walking along Bloomington Road in Aurora. An extensive search which included over 411 volunteers commenced but no trace of Cheryl was ever found. Authorities believe that she was abducted and the victim of foul play.
A few months after Cheryl’s disappearance, Donald Everingham was charged with the sexual assault and the attempted murder of a 9 year old girl. He confessed to several other murders, including the murder of Cheryl. He provided a description of the clothing that the girl was wearing and led authorities to the place that he allegedly disposed of her body. Cheryl’s remains were not located and Everingham has since recanted his confession.
It’s possible that he got Cheryl’s description from the many newspapers that detailed her case. He remains a person of interest in the case, however. He was unable to provide an alibi for the time that Cheryl was likely abducted.
Cheryl’s case remains unsolved. Her mother and family continue to hold out hope that a resolution in the case will come and they will know what happened to her.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
York Regional Police 905-830-0303