Cherrie Ann Mahan

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Cherrie, circa 1985;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 33 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 22, 1985 from Cabot, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 14, 1976
  • Age: 8 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'2, 68 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Cherrie has a dog bite scar on her left arm. Her left arm was previously broken below her left shoulder, but the injury had healed before her 1985 disappearance. Cherrie has a cowlick on the right side of her hair. Her hair was slightly longer at the time of her disappearance than in the photographs shown above. Her ears are pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white leotard, a gray coat, a blue denim skirt, white stockings, blue leg warmers, beige soft ankle boots without heels, and brown Cabbage Patch earmuffs.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cherrie was last seen getting off of the bus from her elementary school at approximately 4:05 p.m. on February 22, 1985. Three other students got off with her at the stop. She was approximately 100 to 150 yards along a dirt driveway from her family's residence on Cornplanter Road in Cabot, Pennsylvania at the time she disappeared. When she failed to arrive home, her father went looking for her and called police when he failed to find her. Cherrie has never been heard from again. She was carrying a blue backpack with two straps and a cream-colored top at the time of her disappearance; the backpack is decorated with a blue and red heart.

    A bright blue or green 1976 Dodge van was seen in the area at the time of Cherrie's disappearance and may be connected to her case. The van was following the school bus Cherrie had been riding in. The van had a snow-capped mountain and skier mural painted on both sides of the vehicle. The skier was wearing red and yellow clothing and was skiing down the mountain. The van has never been located or identified and investigators are still not sure if it was connected to Cherrie's case. Two sketches of the vehicle are posted below this case summary. A small blue car was also seen near the site of Cherrie's disappearance. It is unknown if the car has anything to do with her case either.

    Cherrie's family had her declared legally deceased in 1992. They donated the life insurance policy they received to the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children, and put a car accident settlement Cherrie had received into a trust fund for her brother. Cherrie's case has never been solved. Some agencies state she disappeared from Saxonburg, Pennsylvania.

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    Above Images: Sketches of van possibly involved

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    412-284-8100

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Operation Lookout
    Cherrie Ann Mahan Abducted Feb. 22, 1985
    The Journal Online
    Yahoo! Groups: Investigatemystery
    NewsLibrary
    Starlight Inner-Prizes

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 16, 2013; two pictures added.

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