Friday, July 06, 2007

On the Road to Remember--Thank you all for your support

Publication:Daily American Republic; Date:Jun 13, 2007; Section:Front Page; Page Number:1A

On the Road to REMEMBER

Families of three missing women ,


MINER — Friends and family members of three missing Southeast Missouri women gathered Tuesday in Miner to share

stories of pain, frustration, and their hope to someday have answers.

The rally was part of the On the Road to Remember Tour sponsored by the North Carolinabased CUE Center for Missing Persons and aimed at generating new interest in cold cases of missing persons.

According to Founder/ Executive Director of the Center for Missing Persons Monica Caison this is the fourth to have the nationwide year On the Road to Remember Tour. The CUE Center for Missing Persons organization will travel about 5,100 states, featuring year more than 75 missing persons and unsolved murder cases.


• Cheryl Ann Scherer was 19 when she was abducted April 17 1979 from the convenience store where she worked in Scott City.

• Mary Lee Grobe was 74 when she was last seen in September of 2003 at her Butler County home.

• Teresa Butler was 35 when she disappeared Jan. 25, 2006 from her home in Risco.

“Even though it’s been 28 years since Cheryl disappeared, we just want to keep her name out there ” said Diane Scherer. “We want people to know this is still an open case and to please not forget her.”

Diane Scherer was only 14 when her older sister was abducted from her place of employment, Rhodes 101 in Scott City. Cheryl’s car, keys and were left at the scene but purse was the register.

“We continue to be hopeful this case will be solved and we ask that with information no matter anyone how insignificant it may seem to you, please contact the Scott County Sheriff Department.”

Joyce Caldwell, daughter of Mary Lee Grobe, spoke about her mother’s disappearance and how she is working to help others in a similar situation.

“It’s hard for (others) to imagine what it’s like to have a family member missing. It’s difficult to articulate and communicate. Doctors have a pain scale of 1 to 10. I would say it has to be a 10 ” Caldwell say , said. “Having someone ripped from your life and having so many unanswered questions is unbearable. ...

“Mary Lee Grobe was a legally declared incompetent 74- -old widow when she disappeared year from her home. The laws at the time did nothing to identify and protect her ” Caldwell continued. “My husband Chris and I have worked really hard, though, to turn this into something positive. We felt if we can help other families then maybe that would heal our hearts and bring us some joy. ...”

The Caldwells were instrumental in the recent of the Endangered Persons passage Advisory (SB 84) which expands the Amber Alert to include adults who go missing under mysterious circumstances.

are with Missouri legislatures to create a law that prevents law enforcement from refusing to take a missing persons report.

“We also feel that DNA could be used more in bringing resolution to many of these cases ” Caldwell said. “There are (nationwide) about 50,000 unidentified bodies. If we could find a way to utilize this technology and have families of the missing supply DNA, maybe we could have some matches and resolve some of these cases.”

Brenda Wilson spoke of her sister Teresa Butler who went missing from her home in Risco last . Butler was reported missing year by her husband, Dale, who came home after working an overnight shift at an Arkansas steel mill and found their two sons home alone. young

“She was a mother, a wife, a sister a daughter, an aunt, and a friend. Teresa was an outgoing person. She always loved life -- even when life was a struggle ” Wilson said. “Teresa was 35 when she was taken from her home and her two boys. Teresa loves her boys more than anything in life. There have been lots of leads but they have all been dead ends.

“Since Teresa has been missing, life as we knew it is over. We now look over our backs and take second looks at people that may look like Teresa. We hold our kids a little tighter and try not to take one minute for granted,” Wilson continued, wiping away tears. “Teresa’s boys need her. The youngest was 2 and her oldest was 4 when she went missing. If you know something about Teresa’s case, please
shoes -- or in our shoes. Try to imagine how her parents feel or even her two sons. Someone knows something. ... They need to make it right and come forth ...”

If you have information regarding the disappearance of Cheryl Ann Scherer, call the Scott County Sheriff’s Office at (573) 545-3525.

If you have information about Mary Lee Grobe’s case, call Butler County Sheriff’s Office at (573) 785-8444.

If you have information about Teresa Butler’s case, contact the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Office at (573) 748-2516.

Teresa Butler missing from Risco
Grobe, missing from Butler County
Scherer Cheryl missing from Scott City

(ABOVE) Family and friends of missing persons gathered Tuesday in Miner. Pictured hugging are Joyce Caldwell, daughter of Mary Grobe, and Brenda Wilson, sister of Teresa Butler. (RIGHT) Joyce Caldwell, daughter of missing person Mary Lee Grobe, releases a balloon at the CUE Center for Missing Persons rally Tuesday.


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