Real Name: Sherry Lyall Hart
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Ashe County, North Carolina
Date: January 15, 1984
Details: 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" when they discovered her body. Investigators reopened the case and they found a witness who reported that she was with two schoolmates: Richard Bare and Jeffrey Burgess.
Bare and Burgess were brought in for questioning, but were not arrested until later when police determined that Sherry went joyriding with them, and that at some point they pulled off the edge of the highway about a quarter of a mile from the cliff when she asked to make a rest stop. Bare then followed her into the woods and made unwanted sexual advances on her. As she ran back to the car, she asked Burgess to protect her from him. Then he charged out of the woods and struck her in the head with a handgun and he and Burgess then drove to the cliff. Bare then allegedly pulled her from the car and pushed her off the cliff to her death.
Bare and Burgess were charged with Sherry's murder on March 29, 1985. However four months later, on July 19, 1985, Bare escaped from the prison where he was being held, becoming a fugitive from justice. Burgess' trial will not begin until Bare is arrested. In 1993, he was almost done so in Delaware, but just hours before FBI agents were able to get to his relative's house where he had been hiding, he escaped and has not been seen since. He is 5'6", weighs 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 53 years old. A $10,000 reward is being offered in this case by Sherry's family and the police.
Suspects: Richard Bare
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the March 8, 1996. episode.