Cheryl Denise Cottrell
Cottrell, approximately 2002
Date reported missing : 10/10/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Little Rock, Arkansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/05/1964 (56)
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'5, 120 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Cottrell has stretch marks on her abdomen from a prior pregnancy, and her ears are pierced. She may use the last names Jones and/or Thomas.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Cottrell was last seen in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 10, 2002. She was driving a beige or tan 1985 Delta 88 Royale at the time of her disappearance. She has never been heard from again.
Cottrell left a note for her husband saying she loved him and that he should look for her in the river. Few details are available in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
Little Rock Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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October 12, 2004. November 20, 2011; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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