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    PA - Sherry Leighty, 21, Altoona, 1 October 1999

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/show/17229
    NAMUS
    Status Missing
    First name Sherry
    Middle name Jean
    Last name Leighty
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen October 01, 1999 10:01
    Date entered 08/28/2012
    Age last seen 22 to 23 years old
    Age now 36 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity Other
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 60.0 to 62.0
    Weight (pounds) 100.0 to 110.0


    http://www.examiner.com/article/sher...id=db_articles
    Dumm expected the police to look into what happened to his daughter and search for her, but it didn't happen that way. Instead, the Altoona police told him they didn't feel they had a case to investigate.


    Find Sherry facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sherryleigh...ref=ts&fref=ts



    http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/co...s.html?nav=742
    Dumm, who died in 2005, had gone to the Altoona police for help finding his daughter.

    But because Leighty was an adult and because friends reported hearing Leighty talk about moving to Maine with a boyfriend, the department concluded that it didn't have a case to investigate.


    Last edited by Kimster; 05-19-2013 at 03:34 PM. Reason: featured cold case from 5/19/2013 to 5/26/2013
    "Promise me you'll always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
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    The facebook page indicates that Sherry had two young daughters at the time of her disappearance. There are photos of her with them..... So sad that apparently little was done to find her by LE.

    Here are the circumstances surrounding her disappearance:
    Sheldon Dumm, Sherry's father, who passed away in 2005, last saw his daughter on Sept. 26 when her ex-husband's parent's dropped her off at work a block a way. Dumm found out later from her employer, Labor Ready, that Sherry never showed up for work that day.
    http://www.examiner.com/article/sher...id=db_articles
    "Promise me you'll always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."
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    Wow, so who has been taking care of her children for so long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris24 View Post
    Wow, so who has been taking care of her children for so long?
    I'm assuming the sister or the ex boyfriend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris24 View Post
    Wow, so who has been taking care of her children for so long?
    My sister's children have been raised by their father, her ex-husband.

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    Welcome shell, I am so sorry that you had to join WS under these circumstances. The WS crew is here to help anyway we can. Again I am so sorry.. Hugs
    Last edited by raine1212; 02-02-2013 at 09:37 PM. Reason: Typo

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    thanks Raine for the warm welcome, I truly appreciate it

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    Beautiful girl.... let's see what we can do to help find her. Going to check for any other information available online about her.

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    Sleuths, are there any UIDs in that same geographic area in the right time frame? I'm going to start to sift through them......

    Sherry's sister, does your family have any "gut feeling" on what has happened to her?

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    Shellbellz, do you have any ideas of what may have happened to your sister? What type of young lady was she, reserved, adventurous, wild & crazy? Was she known to leave prior to her disappearance? Did she have any friends outside her home (i.e. other states/areas, etc.). Was she having any marital difficulties that you were aware of or b/f problems? Did she have any medical issues that would warrant ongoing medical care? (You don't have to be specific due to privacy). Were you aware of any reasons why she would leave voluntarily? Just a few thoughts off the top of my head.


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    My sister would have never left her children & family. She was having marital issues with her husband at the time. Her estranged husband & parents were the last to see Sherry on the day when she was supposedly dropped off at her work but never showed up according to her employer. The police were told that friends of Sherry's said she was leaving town with a boyfriend. But yet there were no names of these so called friends that said this so no one was ever interviewed by the police. Sherry didn't have a boyfriend at that time. None of this added up to us. We tried to tell the police this but they said she's an adult & can leave on her own. They didn't want to help us then & it feels no different now. They only started looking into her case for the past several months because I got another article put in our local newspaper.

    ~Shelly~

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    Thanks for your candid reply! A few questions more before I'm off to sleuth her some more.
    To your knowledge, was there any history of domestic violence between the two? If so, how recently before she disappeared... and has he ever been in trouble with the law previously?

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    I took my sister out to the courthouse a couple months prior to her disappearance for her to file a PFA order but she later changed her mind & never went to the hearing to put it in place.
    ~Shelly~

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    Do you still have a relationship with her ex, i.e. have you been able to remain in contact with your nieces?

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    Quote Originally Posted by airplanelamp View Post
    Sleuths, are there any UIDs in that same geographic area in the right time frame? I'm going to start to sift through them......

    Sherry's sister, does your family have any "gut feeling" on what has happened to her?
    Just FYI, I already checked namus UID for PA and northern MD and came up with nothing. There are no dentals or DNA entered for Sherry. Shel, have you looked into getting this info for namus? It would help with 'automatic ruleouts'?

    I think the FB page and articles are a great idea. If she did run off, at least she would know that you are still looking for her.

    jmo
    No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

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