Sherry Elizabeth Roach
Sherry, approximately 1976; Age when reported missing: 55 (approximately 2014); Unidentified African-American person of interest in 1975
Date reported missing : 06/08/1976
Missing location (approx) :
San Mateo, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Biracial, Native American, White
DOB : 02/05/1959 (62)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 115 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Sherry wears eyeglasses. She has pockmarks, possibly acne scars, on her face, and her teeth are crooked. She may dye her hair blonde.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sherry was last seen in San Mateo, California on June 8, 1976. She was living in a now-defunct group home called Pedregal House. She left the group home to take the bus to her job in San Francisco, and has never been heard from again. A counselor at Pedregal House reported her missing after she didn't come back from work.
In 2020, authorities released a photograph of an unidentified person of interest. The African-American man, who was six feet tall and was in his twenties in 1976, was photographed standing next to Sherry, with his arm around her shoulder. A photo of this person is posted with this case summary. Authorities would like to identify and question him, and see what he knew about Sherry and her disappearance.
Sherry had a history of running away, but she would always contact her brother to let her know she was okay. Her brother and their mother, who are both still alive, haven't heard from her since 1976. She often hitchhiked, and authorities have looked into the theory that she was the victim of a serial killer.
Other information and links : ncy
San Mateo Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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