The Unsolved Disappearance of Cheryl Morriën
Missing girl from the Netherlands is last seen waving to a neighbor from the backseat of a car as it drove past.
Born on September 21, 1978, 7-year old Cheryl Priscilla Morrien was last seen on August 5, 1986, by a neighbor, whom she was waving to, in the backseat of a car with two unknown individuals as the car drove past in IJmuiden, Netherlands. She has not been heard from since.
On the day she vanished, Cheryl had wanted to go to a fair which her parents did not let her go. At approximately 11–11:30 a.m., she called her friend Danielle. When Cheryl could not reach her, she went to the home of another friend named Ilse, where she knocked on the door but did not get a response. During this time, she was also seen playing with the letterbox at the door.
Later that day, at 3–3:30 p.m., a neighbor, M. de Cort, saw Cheryl waving to her from the backseat of a green station wagon LADA as it drove past her. The two men sitting in the front at the time have not been identified. After it drove past her, Cort ended up driving behind the car for some time, during which Cheryl continued waving to her in a reportedly cheerful manner. Unfortunately, once she reached a roundabout and made a right turn, Cort lost sight of Cheryl and the car.
A sketch was subsequently made of the two men, though it’s unsure how accurate it is, as it’s unknown if they were wearing fake mustaches or wigs at the time. Their car was very distinctive, so it’s unlikely that they got far in it, especially after the neighbor saw them.
A TV Show aired a reconstruction of Cheryl’s whereabouts that day. It also has an interview with the neighbor who last saw her and a picture of the car she was last seen riding in.
Convicted Belgian serial killer Micheal Stockx was suspected as responsible for her disappearance but had denied any involvement. In 2001, he suffered severe burns over 60% of his body in an accident during his work therapy. He subsequently died days later.
If still alive today, Cheryl would be 40-years old. Her case remains unsolved, as are the identities of the two men seen by her neighbor.
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