Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Cherita Thomas was last seen struggling with a steaming radiator in Iosco County on August 3, 1980. The investigation in Oscoda, 200 miles north of Detroit, lasted decades and involved local police and the FBI. Witnesses said they saw Thomas twice on the night she disappeared, both times struggling with a steaming radiator. She's never been found.
Jimmie Nelson was charged in the case 2004 but didn't face trial until 2010 because of appeals and other delays. He served three years of a 25-year prison sentence for her death. The state appeals court threw out Jimmie Nelson's second-degree murder conviction in 2014. The court says new evidence has been discovered that implicates another person in the death of Cherita Thomas.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Oscoda Township Police Department