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Case File 161DFMO

Left: Barnes in 1986; Right: Age-progressed image of Barnes at age 20 (circa 2004)

Cherie Nicole Barnes
Missing since December 1, 1986 from St. Louis, Missouri
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 30, 1984
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 2 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 80 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial female (Black/White). Brown, curly hair; brown eyes.
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Cherie, her mother Elizabeth and stepfather moved from Nashville, TN to Kansas City, MO in 1986. Elizabeth, known as Sissy, was known to be a prostitute working in Independence Avenue for her husband. Elizabeth had custody of Cherie in 1986 when they both disappeared on December 1.

Elizabeth's body was discovered in the Mississippi River on February 14, 1987; the victim of homicide. At the time, no one had a clue who she was. Investigators classified her as a Jane Doe and buried the body in a pauper's grave. Seven years later, relatives from Nashville made a call to the St. Louis Police Department looking for Elizabeth. They discovered Elizabeth was the Jane Doe. At that point, it was determined Cherie was no where to be found so police opened a missing child investigation.

To locate the child police searched for the stepfather. They found him in prison on unrelated charges. He told police Cherie was living under a new name with his family members in Kansas City and refused to disclose her whereabouts.
Cherie has never been seen nor heard from again. She was supposed to be returned to relatives who received custody of her after her mother's murder.

If you have any information concerning Barnes' whereabouts, please contact:
St. Louis Police Department
Sgt. Joseph Burgoon

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: 94-060619

NCMEC #: NCMC827787

NCIC Number: M-731325946
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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