Dr. Cherryl Lamont Pearson, 37, has been missing since January 4, 2002 from Bartlett, Tennessee. She was last heard from by her family when she called from a Grizzlies basketball game that Friday night.
“Her car was found in the parking lot of an apartment complex, which was a stone’s throw across a golf course from her driveway,” Capt. Schafer told Local Memphis. “We talked to several neighbors in that apartment complex. Nobody remembered anybody dropping it off. Inside the car were the Grizzlies tickets from the game, a bank envelope, a set of keys, and a set of car keys in the trunk. The fact that it was located so close to her house was very alarming because all of that area, the wooded fields between, all of that was searched. And, to my knowledge, her car was not there that day.”
A phone call to her home number was made the morning she disappeared. It came from a pay phone at a gas station about half a mile away around 1:30 a.m. The call was answered, but the police don’t know by whom. The family assumes it was answered by Cherryl.
When Cherryl’s car was processed by the police, there was nothing to be found except her keys and her doctor’s bag, and an envelope with $140 in it. No prints, even from Cherryl herself, were found in the car. It seemed to have been wiped clean.
There was a suspect, Cherryl’s sister Laurinda’s husband, Chuck Hildreth.
“Chuck had a checkered past, so to speak,” BPD Captain Tina Schafer told Local Memphis. “He was a person of interest for quite a while. He was interviewed several times.” Chuck Hildreth was cleared and no charges were ever filed against him.
Hildreth did have what the police called a “sketchy past.” Back in 2001 he was arrested for bank robbery by force and was sentenced to 51 months.
And there is Cherryl’s $150,000 life insurance policy with Laurinda as the beneficiary, which probably caused Hildreth to become a person of interest in the first place. Cheryl was declared dead in 2009, and more than likely the life insurance policy was paid out at that time.
There is a $41,000 reward. If you have any information on the disappearance of Dr. Cherryl Pearson, call the Bartlett Police Department at (901) 385-5555.