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Cherie Nicole Barnes

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Cherie, approximately 1986; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression at Age at the time of disappearance: 32 (approximately 2016)

Date reported missing : 12/01/1986

Missing location (approx) :
St. Louis, Missouri
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Biracial, Black, White

DOB : 07/30/1984 (37)
Age at the time of disappearance: 2 years old
Height / Weight : Unknown
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Brown hair, brown eyes.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Cherie's mother and stepfather, Elizabeth Ann Turek Vasser and Larry Vasser, had custody of her in 1986. They moved from Nashville, Tennessee to St. Louis, Missouri that year. Elizabeth, who was also known as Sissy, disappeared from their home in St. Louis on December 1, 1986. She was discovered in the Mississippi River over two months later in February 1987 as the victim of homicide. There was no tEthnicity : of Cherie at the scene.
Authorities know that Elizabeth worked as a prostitute for her husband on Independence Avenue in St. Louis; she remained unidentified for seven years, until her family members contacted authorities and reported Elizabeth and Cherie as missing persons. The investigation into Cherie's case began at that time.
Cherie was apparently last seen in Kansas City, Missouri with Larry on January 7, 1987. She disappeared from that location and has never been heard from again. Investigators located Larry in prison for armed robbery in the mid-1990s; he will be incarcerated until at least 2028.
Larry told authorities that he knew where his stepdaughter was located. He has stated Cherie is "being looked after" by his family members and living under another name in the Kansas City area. She may not even know she is a missing child. At one point, Larry offered to give Elizabeth's mother photographs of Cherie and a recording of her voice, if she paid him $500.
Cherie was supposed to remain in the custody of other relatives after her mother's death. Due to the complexities in this case, Cherie's disappearance is classified as a non-family abduction, although her stepfather claims to know her whereabouts. Her case remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

St. Louis Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education of America
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
America's Most Wanted
A Lost Child

October 12, 2004. September 2, 2016; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.