Thirty-Five Years Ago, Cherrie Mahan Stepped Off Of A School Bus Near Pittsburgh And Disappeared

Thirty-five years ago, Cherrie Mahan stepped off of her school bus, started the walk toward her driveway, and disappeared. Since that dark day more than three decades ago, Cherrie, the eight-year-old with the big brown eyes and the pretty smile, has become a part of Pittsburgh’s collective memory. Each year, the media shines the spotlight on her case on the anniversary of her disappearance, in the hopes that this is the year we’ll find out what happened to Cherrie.

(Please note: Few photographs of Cherrie appear online. To avoid breaking copyright laws, links to her missing persons pages with relevant photos are included below.)

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If you lived in or near Pittsburgh in 1985 or in the ensuing years, you likely remember Cherrie Mahan. What sticks out most in your mind about her disappearance? Join the conversation in the comments. Just a few years after Cherrie’s disappearance, the news of Anthony Michalwoski’s murder broke. His case remains unsolved.

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