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Find Sherris Stringham

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Sherris Stringham is missing and missed and we need help finding her. Last year, after 2 decades of driving a school bus and checking groceries at hy-vee, she scraped together all she had and bravely struck out and retired to Hopkins, Belize. Now she hasn't been heard from since Saturday Aug 25th. My brother, Matt, and I are desperately concerned and know that time is of the essence. 

She hasn't been seen or heard from since Saturday (we usually get texts from her daily), she missed several outings with friends which is unlike her, her house was in disarray (also very unlike her), wallet empty and left behind, car missing . Matt and I are working as closely with the Belize police and US embassy as possible given distance and language barriers.

We've hired a private investigator already (that's the goal amount of the gofundme) and one or both of us will be traveling there to find our mother.  We will both do whatever we can and whatever it takes to find her but neither of us is in the position financially. That's why we're asking for help, if you have any to give. If not, please keep our beautiful mom  in your thoughts.  

Thank you, 

Jacey and Matt 



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We come with heavy hearts and deep sorrow to inform you that our dear, lovely, full-of-life, adventurous mother, Sherris Stringham has been confirmed dead.

The words hurt to write. They hurt. And everything hurts. Reading each of your comments, stories, pleas for her return, expressions of love and hope, have meant so much. I didn't realize it would mean so much. I've read every single one, on every thread because when your so raw and empty, when you are devoid of hope and the world feels cold and desolate, these tiny things, these little characters on a screen reaching out and lending hope and love, for us, have made this tragic time a little less unbearable. For that, we thank and love you.

Matt and I will be leaving for Belize in 2 days. We still have work to do and we'll keep you updated as things progress.
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Again, we are humbled by all your support and love. So many of you have also called, emailed, or messaged and I'm sorry we haven't been able to respond to everyone. I'm actually out of the country and Matt is dealing with information, embassies, reporters, and of course, endless worry. I'll be back on Sunday to relieve some of the external burden from him.

We do have some updates though.

The PI is paid and on the case. The original $5300 covers 40 hours of detecting and we hope to know something by them. He's in Hopkins now and on his way to the car to do his own investigation of it.

Which brings me to update #2, they found her car (link below). It was quite a distance from Hopkins with the plates removed and evidence of a fire next to it but nothing inside that helped. All it really tells us is what we already knew, that mom is not just out on a holiday without telling anyone.

The Belize police have 4 people of interest in custody. One is named Joe, the other goes by Abdul, and the last two are Terry and Roberta (her brother and sister-in-law) who moved there the same time she did but have been estranged since.

Again, thanks for all your help and support. I'll keep updating as things happen. I know many of you love mom and desperately want her to be okay and I know that many of you love Matt and/or me and desperately want her to be okay. We are grateful for all of you.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1755023507929059&id=236081746489917

https://fox4kc.com/2018/08/30/family-fearful-yet-hopeful-after-blue-springs-native-goes-missing-in-belize/
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Everybody, your generosity is overwhelming. I was reticent of using a gofundme and asking for help but we really need it. I originally put the exact amount that we paid the private investigator for his retainer as the goal but at several urgings, have raised it to include travel and expenses for us to get to Belize. I really have no idea how much or what it will involve but we thank you for your help and thoughts and trust.

As for news, there isn't much new. Her passport is there in her house (likely with the police now) and the embassy said that she has not left the country. A neighbor said he saw her having a "strong discussion" with somebody on Saturday and there's an unsubstantiated claim that her phone was used to text somebody Saturday night, which is after the 4pm texts that we received.

Mom was in contact with so many of you via text. If you got a text from her after 4pm Saturday, please let us know. And if she sent you any photos of people she was spending time with, those would be helpful too. We know about Joe, Abdul, and the man with the mustache.

That's all for now, more as we know.
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Posted by Jacey Boggs Faulkner
2 months ago ago
Everybody, your generosity is overwhelming. I was reticent of using a gofundme and asking for help but we really need it. I originally put the exact amount that we paid the private investigator for his retainer as the goal but at several urgings, have raised it to include travel and expenses for us to get to Belize. I really have no idea how much or what it will involve but we thank you for your help and thoughts and trust.

As for news, there isn't much new. Her passport is there in her house (likely with the police now) and the embassy said that she has not left the country. A neighbor said he saw her having a "strong discussion" with somebody on Saturday and there's an unsubstantiated claim that her phone was used to text somebody Saturday night, which is after the 4pm texts that we received.

Mom was in contact with so many of you via text. If you got a text from her after 4pm Saturday, please let us know. And if she sent you any photos of people she was spending time with, those would be helpful too. We know about Joe, Abdul, and the man with the mustache.

That's all for now, more as we know.
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