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Sherri McLaughlin went missing from Kamloops BC on September 19th 1993 while riding here bicycle to a friends place.
Her bike and backpack were found on the side of the road. Foul play was suspected since the beginning of the search.

After all these years we have not been able to find the valuable peace of information that will help locate her. Somebody somewhere knows the whereabouts of Sherri McLaughlin. Please help us find Sherri.

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Kamloops This Week. Kamloops, B.C.: Sep 21, 2007. pg. 3
(Copyright (c) 2007 Black Press Group Ltd.)

Anguish fresh as family lives with 14-year mystery of missing daughter.

Fourteen years after daughter Sherri McLaughlin went missing, Jackie White still finds she has more questions than answers.
It has been a frustrating go, she says, especially since contact with the RCMP has been non-existent for the past two years.

Even prior to that, she said, contact was minimal, with police calling only when a new officer had been assigned to the case.
The family would receive a call, answer a few questions and gain a glimmer of hope before time would step in and take it away.

Eventually, the phone stopped ringing.
Five years ago, the file was shipped from Kamloops to a cold-case unit in Vancouver.

But time, Jackie said, has done little to cool the burning desire to find answers to the questions surrounding her daughter's disappearance.
It is with this desire Jackie and her son, James McLaughlin, spoke with the media this week about Sherri in the hope it would generate some new leads.
It was 14 years ago Wednesday that Sherri went missing in Kamloops.

"Unless somebody is pushing a little bit, they [the police] are not going to do anything," White said.

"There has to be some piece, something small that is missing."

While James, like his mother, believes Sherri has died, he also feels the need to have his questions answered before he can lay the mystery to rest.

"I think it would be nice to get some information and have some questioned answered," he said. "I really want specifics. It would be just nice to know . . . did she cry out that night for help? Somebody knows something."

Despite the many theories the family has toyed with over the years, all they have ever really known is that Sherri went missing the night of Sept. 19, 1993, after a night out with friends.
According to police reports, the 20-year-old jumped on her bike that night and planned to visit to her boyfriend's house.
When she never arrived, her boyfriend went looking for her and found her abandoned bike and backpack at the side of Parkcrest Drive
The bike's front wheel had been damaged beyond use.

While accepting the facts, both White and McLaughlin are mystified over several aspects of the ensuing investigation -- in particular the results of several alleged polygraph tests and DNA swipes.

"They've had 14 years of not telling us anything," Jackie said.

Kamloops RCMP Staff-Sgt. Gary Kerr, one of many officers assigned to the case, expresses his own frustrations when asked about the file.
Dubbing it the "case from hell," Kerr, who was a constable at the time, described the investigation into Sherri's disappearance as one of the most frustrating he's worked on in his 20-plus years of service.
Despite the "thousands" of man hours and innumerable resources that were dedicated to the file, Kerr said it never really got going because of a lack of hard evidence.

No "concrete" suspects ever emerged, he said.

"It was an investigator's nightmare," he said.

"The most frustrating thing as an investigator is somebody out there knows something."

Which is what White and McLaughlin are hoping some media attention will flesh out.

"You have your good days and bad days," Jackie said.

"I still go looking [for her]."

 

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