FORT KNOX — Classmates of a 17-year-old Radcliff girl who disappeared 35 years ago and was later found dead have banded together to search for clues in her death.
Cheryl Lynn Strother was found dead near a lake on Fort Knox a month after vanishing.
Her death remains unsolved, but a group of her classmates from North Hardin High School say they won't give up the search for answers. They met for a reunion over the winter and began talking about Strother's death.
They have been using social networking Web sites like Classmates.com to contact other former graduates in hopes of developing new leads.
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"I would love a reminder of Cheryl to maybe pull on some heartstrings and rattle a few people's consciences," said Mandy Bell-Andrews, a classmate of Strother's. "Maybe someone will have something to tell. I want her to truly rest in peace after so many years."
The Web site has links to North Hardin Junior High School and North Hardin High School, and both have information from Strother's classmates.
Robbie Dennis said he didn't know her, but he continues to look for information about her disappearance and death.
"Closure would mean justice," Dennis said. "Thirty-five years is a long time to not have any answers. I'd truly appreciate any answers."
According to The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown, some of Strother's classmates said Strother routinely would meet her grandfather near the school for a ride home.
On July 24, 1974, Strother wasn't there.
Her body was found on Aug. 24, tied to a tree at Tobacco Leaf Lake on Fort Knox property.
Radcliff police at the time closed the missing person case and left the death investigation to federal agents, the newspaper reported.
Louisville FBI spokesman David Beyer said Strother's case is rare, with only a handful remaining unsolved after so much time has passed.
"Over the course of time, we have gotten tips and leads, but none that have helped to resolve the case," Beyer said. "Like most cases, it will remain open until solved."