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New tips provide crucial info in Cherrie Mahan cold-case


Every year that goes by, local law enforcement agencies receive several tips regarding the case of Cherrie Mahan. Mahan was an 8-year-old child that was abducted in 1985 along Cornplanter Road in Winfield Township, Butler County.

On August 4th, 2018 – our intern and investigative reporter, Zach Scherer, received a valuable tip a van found possibly matching the description of the van used in the abduction of Cherrie Mahan. Scherer relayed the photos to our board of directors prior to posting anything online.

It was determined to proceed with posting the information online. To prevent any miscommunication, the information posted was only on our one Facebook page, ButlerDispatch.com – and not our website. No monetization can be enabled on Facebook-only posts, therefore no monies were made by “clicks” or “views”. 

As we received over 600 shares and reached over 50,000 local readers, we received a second crucial tip regarding the van. Local law enforcement would like to retain all information and limit the public’s knowledge during the course of the updated investigation, for obvious reasons.

This official press release is to confirm that we had received and posted a small piece of information which evidently led to a much larger tip/lead which can hopefully be posted soon at the discretion of local police.

We appreciate all of the work that the Pennsylvania State Police Butler Barracks Troop D are doing during the course of the investigation, and we have a strong belief that the information relayed to troopers will be enough to try and solve the case. 

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