Select It Sunday: Dorothy Scofield

Selected by lbcgriffin, twelve-year-old Dorothy Delilah Scofield disappeared from Ocala, Florida on July 22, 1976. She went to the mall that afternoon to return a pair of shoes and do some shopping. Witnesses saw Dorothy (who was nicknamed “Dee”) at the mall at 2:00 p.m., after she returned the shoes. Then she vanished.

Interestingly, there was a possible sighting of Dee with one or possibly two men at a local convenience store. The little girl’s clothing was the same as Dee’s. She bought some soda and left the store, and was never seen again. Authorities don’t know whether the sighting was genuine or not.

Dee’s casefile mentions a speculative connection between her case and the Lyon sisters’ 1975 disappearance. What it most reminds me of, though, is Sherry Lynn Marler, who vanished in the eighties. Sherry, who disappeared from Alabama, was the same age the Dee was at the time of her disappearance, and there were reported sightings of her throughout the South, always accompanied by a man.

I’m not suggesting the same man took both girls, I just think the circumstances are similar. It’s entirely possible that Dee Scofield and Sherry Marler both remained alive for an extended time period after they disappeared. But where are they now?

Found article about Sherry Marler

I found this article about Sherry Marler, a 12-year-old who disappeared from Alabama in 1984. It’s almost a year old, but it provides interesting info about her being sighted after her disappearance, three times, in different states, each time with the same man.

From the details, her case reminds me a lot of Bethany Markowski‘s case. Bethany, an eleven-year-old who disappeared in 2001, was also sighted after her disappearance, with some woman who actually tried to enroll her in school. I’m not saying the cases are connected, but I wonder if both girls weren’t kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

Sherry will be 40 years old in August, if she is still alive.