Left: Sherri circa, 1970
Right: Age Progressed to age 46
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 13, 1970
Missing From: Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: May 15, 1956
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 4’2″ and 75 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: African American Female, Black hair, Brown eyes, Sherri has moles above her upper right lip and on the center back of the base of her neck, she has pierced ears, her name might be spelled as “Sherrilee”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue shirt, blue bell bottom pants, brown loafers, Sherri was last known to be wearing a ladies watch with a black leather or plastic band and pentagon shaped aqua colored earrings
NCMEC Number: 834404
Details of Disappearance
Sherri disappeared from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She left her home on Pitt Street at 11:30 am with the intentions of going to the mall in order to purchase school supplies, pick up donuts for her sister, and pay her mothers bill at the Rayless Department store. She was last seen by a clerk at the Rayless Department store at approximately 4:30 pm.
Sherri never returned to her home and was never seen or heard from again afterwards. Her parents searched frantically for her through the city into the rainy night that followed. She was reported missing the next day when they couldn’t find her. The fact that she was seen in the store at the time gives the indication that she completed many of her planned activities.
A 6 week investigation by authorities turned up no sign of Sherri or her remains. No evidence of her whereabouts was discovered and it’s unclear what happened after Sherri left the mall.
Her parents fear she may have died in one of the creeks at Happy Hill Park. It was raining so it’s possible she lost her footing and fell into one and drowned. Investigators have found no evidence that this is what happened to Sherri and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance are unclear.
At the time of her disappearance, Sherri was described as a quiet, studious girl. She won a scholarship to Mount Tabor High School’s fine arts program. This was a summer curriculum that was to begin the day after her disappearance on June 14th. She went to the mall to get supplies for this.
Sherri’s disappearance remains unsolved and there’s been no sign of her since 1970.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Winston-Salem Police Department 336-773-7848