Clues, but no name in case of unknown girl
On March 24, 1976, fisherman spotted the body of a teenage girl between 14 and 17 in the Harpeth River in Nashville, Tennessee. Since her body was found law enforcement has discovered many clues about this girl’s life, but no name.
Last known contact
In the days following her death, law enforcement identified two people that had come into contact with the victim in Tennessee. They admitted to picking up the girl as she hitchhiked along Interstate 24 on March 15 heading southeast. They told police that they dropped the girl, who called herself “Sherry” or “Cheryl” at the Manchester/Winchester exit.
The men told law enforcement that the unidentified girl was traveling with another female around the same age. They also said she told them that she had escaped or ran away from an institution or treatment center where she had been staying due to an alcohol problem.
Cold Case Detective Jill Weaver, with the Nashville Police Department, hopes that one of the items found with the girl will help give her back her name. “The biggest assisting material found on her was in the back pocket of her jeans…a photograph of a boy with the name “Little Charley” on the back.”
As of now, law enforcement does not know who that other teenager was, but they have clues.
The companion was Caucasian with sandy blonde hair, a thin build and wire-rimmed glasses. She told the men that she had also been at the institution or treatment center due to her suicidal tendencies. The men told police that the girl then showed scars on her wrists.
The girls told the men that they were heading to Haines City, Florida to visit the companion’s husband. The men did not know the companion’s name and said they last saw the two girls get into another vehicle heading southeast.
The victim’s body was located about 90 miles from where she was last seen, in the opposite direction from where she told the men she was travelling.
“I would say to anyone who has a loved one around her age range, please take a look and study her picture and the items found with her, said Det. Weaver. “She has family somewhere. Someone is missing her.”
When this unknown victim was located she had likely been dead for less than 24 hours. She is reported to be of Caucasian, Hispanic or Native American decent. She had long, black hair and brown eyes. She was short and thin, about five feet, two inches and 120 pounds. See her poster here.
Do you have any information about, or know anyone who was in, an institution or treatment center north of Nashville in the 1970s? Do you know a “Sherry” or “Cheryl” who you haven’t seen or heard from since the 70s? Does the victim in the photo look familiar? Call us at 1-800-843-5678.