Sherrye Bethel’s Disappearance Remains a Mystery with Few Clues

Last seen in 1976, authorities are still looking for any information

Megan Ashley


There is a distinct lack of information in the case of the missing person, Sherrye Bethel.

In 1972, Sherrye Lee Dean married for the first time at seventeen years old, and their marriage lasted until February 1974. According to the Charley Project, Sherrye married her second husband, whose last name is Taylor, three months after the divorce from her first husband had been finalized — around May or June 1974.

Sherrye and her second husband lived in Fort Worth, Texas, and by 1976, the pair had a one-year-old child. This is where Sherrye’s case takes a strange turn due to a lack of information. According to her second husband, Sherrye was last seen on July 15th, 1976.

Her husband reported her missing soon after telling the Fort Worth Police Department that Sherrye had ‘walked out’ on him and their child but didn’t provide a reason why.

Interestingly, it appears the husband had filed for divorce precisely one year after he reported her missing. By July 1977, the divorce was finalized, but Sherrye was still nowhere to be found. One Websleuth user has suggested that the Nipton Jane Doe 778UFCA may be Sherrye. The Nipton Jane Doe was found in May 1976, although it is possible that Sherrye disappeared long before her husband reported her missing.

When looking at mortuary photographs of the Nipton Jane Doe, a resemblance to Sherrye can be seen. The Nipton Jane Doe does fit the general description but has no signs of prior pregnancies or birth — something Sherrye would likely display.

While the similarities between the Nipton Jane Doe and Sherrye may seem fraught, it’s important to remember that these details are guidelines, and many details have been found to be wrong in the past.

Nipton Jane Doe was found in Nipton, California, twelve hundred miles from Fort Worth. Again, it is not outside the realm of possibility that someone traveled a fair distance to ensure the woman would not be identified. We can only speculate and spread awareness in cases like Sherrye’s, where there is little information and nobody to advocate for them.

Sherrye Bethel, also known as Sherrye Dean (maiden name) or Sherrye Taylor, is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes, 5’6”, and 130 lbs. She was twenty-one years old at the time of her disappearance. Her husband’s full name has never been revealed to the public, and law enforcement hasn’t revealed much information about the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Erik Martinez of the Fort Worth Police Department at 817–392–4442, quoting case number 88397520.

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Sources: Charley Project, NamUs