Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Sheryl Tillinghast was employed and lived at the Wassaic State School, Wassaic, Dutchess County, New York until the time of her disappearance, about September 24, 1973. At the Wassaic State School, Tillinghast worked in the facility’s laundry room.
She reportedly left behind her possessions and two paychecks, believed to be worth more than $150. Those checks were never cashed or collected.
Sheryl was originally from Phelps, Ontario County, New York. As a child, Tillinghast and her family of 10 lived in a single-wide mobile home in the Town of Phelps, Ontario County. Problems at home, including verbal and physical abuse, in part led Tillinghast to leave her family’s western New York residence for Dutchess County in January 1973. She remained in regular contact with her family until the time of her disappearance. Tillinghast told relatives she intended to return home for her mother’s birthday. She told her older sister that she had acquired a car — which was never proven — and together they formed a plan to move to California.
There is no indication that there was any reason for her to run away. One of the case’s most recent leads suggests Tillinghast may have been involved in an abusive relationship. No known vehicle.
There is no record of marriage, no activity with her Social Security number, no activity with her banking records and no DMV records. There is no activity or documentation that’s she’s purchased anything. There haven’t been any reported sightings, either. There is no record of her beyond 1973.
Sheryl was not reported missing until November 2, 1998.
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New York State Police
Poughkeepsie Journal -Aug. 29, 2013