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1139DFMI - Cherita Janice Thomas


Name: Cherita Janice Thomas
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: August 03, 1980
Location Last Seen: Ausable Township, Iosco County, Michigan

Physical Description

Date of Birth: circa 1960
Age: 20 years old
Race: Black/African American
Gender: Female
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 135 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Maroon pants, White blouse
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

On August 4, 1980, Cherita Thomas disappeared in Ausable Township. She was last seen on a stretch of road. Thomas was a black woman and young mother living in a mostly white, conservative town. She was on her way to pick up her baby daughter from the sitter when she vanished, barely a mile from the police station.

At the time of her disappearance, Thomas was driving a borrowed, brown AMC Matador. The vehicle reportedly stalled at the intersection of US-23 and River Road, and three area youths assisted Thomas in getting it started and she continued on her way. The vehicle apparently stalled again on Sunset Street in Ausable Township, less than two blocks from the sitter's home.

Several witnesses reported seeing a blue pickup parked grill-to-grill with the disabled Matador about 23.15. One said she saw Thomas get into the truck, which drove off in the direction of Old US-23. Thomas was never seen again. Foul play is suspected.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Oscoda Township Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Chief Mark David
Agency Phone Number: 517-739-9113
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 80-2927

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 2545

Information Source(s)


Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 11/6/17

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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