Cherie Nicole Barnes
North American Missing Persons Network
Cherie Nicole Barnes

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Above Images: Right: age-progressed to 26 years.

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 7, 1987 from Saint Louis, St. Louis City County, Missouri
  • Classification: Non Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: July 30, 1984
  • Age: 3
  • Height: 4'0" (122 cm)
  • Weight: 80 lbs (36 kg)
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Biracial; Black/White
  • Gender: Female
  • Case Number: 94-060619

  • Details of Disappearance
    Cherie was last known to be with her mother, Elizabeth Ann Turek Vasser, who was eventually found deceased. She was found by a fisherman in the Mississippi River on February 4, 1987. She'd drowned and was buried June 11, 1987, without being identified. Through the efforts of the St. Louis Police, and inquiries by relatives in Nashville, Tennesse, she was identified seven years later.

    The child's stepfather, Larry Vasser, is serving time on an armed-robbery conviction. He'd served previous prison terms for the same offense and had forced Elizabeth "Sissy" Turek into prostitution. Vasser has intimated that Cherie is with members of his family and is safe.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Saint Louis Police Department

    Source Information
    St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)