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Richard Bare in 1984 (left) and age progression (right)

Real Name: Richard Lynn Bare
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Murder
Missing Since: July 19, 1985


Details: Richard Bare is wanted for the murder of a 24 year old divorced mother named Sherry Hart. On the evening of January 15, 1984, Sherry, who had a six year old daughter named April, disappeared after she planned to meet a date at a Ashe County, North Carolina restaurant who never showed up. Authorities found no evidence of foul play in the case even though friends had seen her the night she vanished. Then, eleven months later, authorities were at the bottom of a 2000 foot cliff named the "jumping off place", which is where they discovered Sherry's body. Investigators re-opened the case and they found a witness who reported that Sherry was with two high school friends: Richard Bare and a man named Jeffrey Burgess. Richard and Jeffrey were brought in for questioning, but were not arrested until later when police determined that she went joyriding with the two men, and that at some point they pulled off the edge of the highway about a quarter of a mile from the "jumping off place" when Sherry asked to make a rest stop.

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Sherry Hart

Bare then followed Sherry into the woods and made unwanted sexual advances on her. As she ran back to the car, Sherry asked Burgess to protect her from Bare. Then, Bare charged out of the woods and struck Sherry in the head with a handgun and the two men then drove to the "jumping off place". Bare then allegedly pulled Sherry from the car and pushed her off of the cliff to her death. Burgess and Bare were charged with Sherry's murder on March 29, 1985. However four months later, on July 19, 1985, Bare escaped from a prison where he was being held, becoming a fugitive from justice. Burgess's trial will not begin until Bare is arrested. In 1993, Bare was almost arrested in Delaware, but just hours before FBI agents were able to get to a relative of Bare's house where he had been hiding, he escaped and has not been seen since. Bare is 5'6", 145 pounds, has brown hair, green eyes, a tattoo of a panther on his right forearm, may have a moustache or beard, and would now be 50 years old. A $10,000 reward is being offered in this case by Sherry's family and the police.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 15, 1995 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Unresolved. In June of 2002, a judge ordered that fingerprints be taken of a man named "Richard Presnell" who was believed to be Bare living under an assumed name. However, before authorities were able to locate him, he had moved without leaving a forwarding address. Sadly, Sherry's mother passed away in 2011 without seeing justice in her daughter's death. In 2012, Burgess, who never went to trial for Sherry's death, also passed away. Recently, there has been witness reports that Bare has returned to North Carolina several times under a disguise while visiting the funerals of relatives. However, he has still not been located. Sherry's daughter, April, continues to search for her mother's killer.

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