Episode 61 – Sherri Dally

The morning of May 6th, 1996 was routine for Sherri Dally. The thirty-five-year-old wife and mother woke up early and got her family prepared for their day, laying out her children’s clothing and organizing lunches.

After she dropped her two young boys off at school, Sherri drove to the local Target in Ventura California to pick out a gift for her mother for the fast-approaching Mother’s Day.

But Sherri never made it home from her errands that day. Instead, she vanished without a trace from the store’s parking lot, leaving behind a distraught family and a bewildered community.

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