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Cherrie Mahan

Kidnapped/AbductedCold Case
Cherrie Mahan - Age Progressed
Cherrie Mahan - Age Progressed
Cherrie Mahan - Circa 1985
Cherrie Mahan - Age Progressed
News Article Regarding the Van in Question

Missing Persons Details

Missing Person
Cherrie Mahan
Last Seen
February 22, 1985
Case Status
Status Updated
August 16, 2023
Intake Date
August 16, 2023
Source of Record


Butler County
Winfield Township

Physical Description

Approximate Age When Reported Missing
8 and would be 46 in 2023
Indian Tribe Affiliation
No Tribe Affiliation
Non-Binary Selections
Hair Color
Eye Color
4' 2"
Distinguishing Features
Last Seen Wearing
Gray coat, denim skirt, blue leg warmers, beige boots

Details of Disappearance

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.

Case Numbers

Verified with Law Enforcement

Police Contact Information

Pennsylvania State Police
Trooper, DeLuca
Local Police Case Number

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