Cherrie Mahan

Kidnapped/AbductedCold Case
Cherrie Mahan - Age Progressed
Cherrie Mahan - Age Progressed
Cherrie Mahan - Circa 1985
Cherrie Mahan - Age Progressed
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Cherrie Mahan

Missing from
Cabot, Pennsylvania - USA
Case Entered
  August 16, 2023
   Cold Case
Current Classification
Source of Record
  Local Law Enforcement
Last Updated
   August 16, 2023
Verification Status

Physical Description

Age When Reported Missing
   8 and would be 46 in 2023
Age As of Today
Hair Color
Eye Color
  4' 2"
  Last Seen Wearing
Gray coat, denim skirt, blue leg warmers, beige boots
  Distinct Features
  Medical Alert

Details of Disappearance

Cherrie Mahan was last seen by family or friends on February 22, 1985.

Cherrie disappeared after getting off her school bus along rural Cornplanter Road in Winfield Township, Butler County, PA.  A blue-green van with a mountain and skier painted on the side was seen in the area at the time.  Cherrie was declared legally dead in 1998.

She lived with her mother and stepfather.  Her biological father was not a part of her life.  

Her house was just fifty yards from the school bus stop.  

The mother of one of Cherrie's friends was waiting to pick up some other children at the bus stop and saw Cherrie get off the bus and walk past her vehicle before she drove off.  The children who were on the bus had noticed that the blue van (1976 Dodge) had been following the bus that day. It parked on a corner when Cherrie was getting off the bus.  She had to turn at that corner and then walk up a hill to her house. Both of the parents were waiting for her at the top of the hill.  

Witnesses claimed that there was also a blue car following the van that day.  The only piece of evidence was tire marks left in the snow at the bottom of the hill.  Witnesses believed the van was painted black shortly after Cherrie went missing.

Who to contact!
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Cherrie Mahan, you are encouraged to contact the Pennsylvania State Police at 724-284-8100, ask for Trooper, DeLuca. Be sure to have the case number D1-326871 available as you will need it.

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