Cherita Janice Thomas
Missing since August 4, 1980 from Ausable Township, Iosco County, Michigan.
Classification: Endangered Missing
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.
Investigators Oscoda Township Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Det/Sgt. Allan MacGregor
Agent David Marthaler
Oscoda Township Police Department
Iosco County News-Herald
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