Flossie A. Wilbur
Wilbur, approximately 1985; David Sherk
Date reported missing : 08/24/1985
Missing location (approx) :
Angelica, New York
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 75 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Wilbur has a scar on her abdomen. She wears prescription eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Wilbur was last seen buying groceries at the supermarket in Angelica, New York at 5:45 p.m. on August 4, 1985. She has never been heard from again. Because she was a widow and lived alone, her disappearance wasn't noticed for about a week. When authorities checked her house on west Main Street, the found her new 1985 Ford Escort was found parked in her driveway with groceries, including perishables such as milk, rotting inside it. Her house was unlocked, all the shades were drawn, and there was a half-eaten meal sitting out on the kitchen table.
Wilbur, a retired farmer, was noted for having a surly disposition and a bad temper. She frequently used foul languAge at the time of disappearance: and would curse at anyone who came to her house for any reason. She was a loner without any relatives or friends. She kept a diary where she wrote about people in the community, and one of the people she wrote about frequently was David Sherk, one of her neighbors. A photo of Sherk is posted with this case summary.
In the summer of 2020, Sherk confessed to Wilbur's murder. He was in a Wyoming County, New York medical facility, being treated for terminal cancer, at the time. He told authorities he had buried Wilbur's body near the Almond Dam, an area which has flooded many times in the years since her disappearance.
Authorities are looking for her remains. Because of Sherk's cooperation and his terminal condition, charges are not expected to be filed in Wilbur's murder.
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