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Aug 30, 2018

Sherris Stringham is Still Missing; Her Vehicle is Found in Orange Walk

Sherris Stringham

Sixty-seven-year-old Sherris Stringham is still missing. It has been five days since the American woman has last been seen. And tonight concerns for her whereabouts are growing after police found her missing vehicle. The Exterra SUV was found abandoned near the bypass in Orange Walk. Now, that is a long way from Hopkins village and her friends say they are worried. They say she has U.S. and Belize cell phones, but the service for the local cell has been off since they last heard from her on Saturday.  According to her close friend, Laurene Holcomb, Stringham has been living in Hopkins for about two years and is building a home on the south end of the village. She says that Stringham was planning to go to Missouri, U.S.A. to pack a container to ship to Belize with her personal belongings. Today, when we spoke with Holcomb she told us that the last time she personally heard from Stringham was Friday morning when a group of ladies in the village met to play their usual game of cards.  Stringham then left for home, but she later made a stop at a friend’s house to deliver some shirts. Others have reported that they made contact with her on Saturday when she sent a text promising to meet up for their routine get-together. Here’s what Holcomb told us via phone today about Stringham’s disappearance and what they are doing to try to locate her.


On the Phone: Laurene Holcomb, Friend of Missing Woman

“Her plans were to go out with the ladies the next day. They were having a day out and her plan was to join them and when the ladies went to get her, the other ladies who play cards – we are all friends here, a big group of women -, she wasn’t there. And that is when one of the women, Karina went to the police.  They got a text on Saturday confirming that she will be hanging with them on Sunday.”


Andrea Polanco

“Now, Laurene, I’d imagine as her friends, you guys are growing more and more concerned since there is no news on her whereabouts?”


On the Phone: Laurene Holcomb

“Yes. Very concerned. Heart-broken.”


Andrea Polanco

“Do you guys fear that something bad may have happened to her?”


On the Phone: Laurene Holcomb

“Definitely, there is no doubt.  Karina, who is part of our friends’ group, went into the house with the police. Sherris is renting a house on the north end. She is building a house on the south end. I do her building blueprints with her. I was helping her with that for her house. So, Karina went into the house with the police. The purse was a little in disarray. It was dumped out and the passport was there on the counter and her wallet was open on the counter and there was no money in it. And Sherris carries cash for services – she uses cash most of the time and there would have been cash in there in her wallet and there was no cash.”


Andrea Polanco

“The police indicated to us that they’ve found Sherris’ vehicle in Orange Walk – how is this new settling with you guys?”


On the Phone: Laurene Holcomb

“Not well – that they found her car and not her – not well. We are very, very fearful for our friend.”


Once again, that number to call with information to locate Sherris Stringham is 635-0393. The family has also set up a Go Fund Me page to raise ten thousand U.S. dollars to help with investigation into the matter.

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