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Woman Claims To Be 8-Year-Old Who Disappeared Almost 40 Years Ago

Age progression of Cherrie Mahan | Image by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Age progression of Cherrie Mahan | Image by National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

An investigation has been opened after a woman has come forward claiming to be an 8-year-old girl who disappeared roughly 40 years ago, according to a report by Fox 4 KDFW:

“Cherrie [Mahan] vanished after getting off her school bus about 50 feet from her Pennsylvania home on Feb. 22, 1985.

“After 13 years of dead ends, Cherrie was declared legally dead in November 1998.

“But an unnamed woman caused a recent firestorm by claiming to be Cherrie in Facebook groups dedicated to finding her, which was doubted by her mom but has law enforcement sniffing around.

“Unanswered questions about the infamous cold case have hung over the community like a dark storm cloud for 39 years, and unfortunately this isn’t the first time a woman out of the blue has claimed to be Cherrie.

“Cherrie’s mom, Janice McKinney, said on Facebook that she doesn’t believe the woman is her daughter and told a local newspaper, The Butler Eagle, ‘It did not look anything like Cherrie at all.’

“Nevertheless, the Pennsylvania State Police took the claim seriously and opened an investigation.

State police told Fox News Digital that investigators are working with an ‘out-of-state agency’ and attempted to reach the woman claiming to be Cherrie several times.

“As of Wednesday morning, they had not made contact with her using the information that she provided, state police said.”

To read the entire article by Fox 4 KDFW, please click HERE.

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