Berkeley Co. detectives renew plea for information in case of girl who went missing in 1984

Berkeley Co. detectives renew plea for information in case of girl who went missing in 1984

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is hoping someone has information about a missing person's case from 1984 that has gone cold.

Then 12-year-old Sherry Marler went missing on June 6, 1984 from the Greenville, Alabama area. Investigators say she was seen in the St. Stephen area in the summer of 1983 near Betaw Road and may have been seen in the same area in June 1984 after she was reported missing from Alabama.

Berkeley County deputies say Marler stayed with her step-sister and her husband in June of 1983 and returned to Alabama.

Cold case in Berkeley County got involved three weeks ago after they received information Marler may have been in St. Stephen again in June, 1984.

"Obviously as cold as the case is you don't have as many leads or as many people to talk to and memories do fade," Lt. Dean Kokinda said.

Marler's mom says she last saw her daughter on June 6 that year.

"She said mom I'm going to bed and we told each other we love one another. And she said I love you, I said I love you too, baby I'll see you tomorrow. I never see her anymore," Betty Stringfellow said.

Stringfellow's friend Ryan Anderson has been doing her own investigation.

"I don't believe she is still alive, that's my personal opinion. I believe that she was kidnapped by someone who knew her," Anderson said.

"I would love to know what happened to her before I die and if anybody knows anything, please, please, please come forward and let us know," Stringfellow said.

The photo is an age progression of what Farmer may look like now. Marler, who went by the nickname "Little Farmer," would be 47 years old in 2018.

Anyone who might have information is asked to contact the special investigations unit of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office at coldcases@berkeleycountysc.gov. You can also call Detective Darrell Lewis at 843-719-5065 or Lt. Detective Dean Kokinda at 843-719-4668.

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