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Police release new image of teen who vanished without a trace almost 50 years ago


Nearly 50 years after she vanished without a trace, Victoria Police had released new pictures of a missing teen in a bid to elicit information about the case.

Sherrlynn Mitchell, from Ballarat, was last seen at her home on Eyre Street on Thursday 22 November 1973 when she left to meet a friend at a bus stop.

However the 16-year-old never turned up. She never returned to her workplace at Ballarat Woollen Mills and did not collect her wages.

Sherrlynn’s mother passed away in 2016. Her two brothers are her only surviving relatives.

Sherrlynn Mitchell was last seen in Ballarat on Thursday 22 November.
Sherrlynn Mitchell was last seen in Ballarat on Thursday 22 November. (Victoria Police)

Victoria Police has released an age progression photo of the teen showing what she may look like now.

Investigators said they’ve “exhausted all known avenues of inquiry”.

Ballarat is the third biggest town in Victoria, Australia. It is situated between Melbourne and the Grampians Nationalpark. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“We are determined to find out what happened to her so we can end the trauma for her family and loved ones,” Detective Acting Sergeant Andrew Barnes of Ballarat Crime Investigation Unit said.

“While there is nothing at this time to indicate Sherrlynn’s disappearance was suspicious, police are keen to speak to anyone who has more information about her movements over the years or where she may be now.

“Sherrlynn, if you are out there – it is not a crime to disappear and police will not disclose your whereabouts to anyone if that is your wish – we just want to know that you are safe.”

At the time of her disappearance Sherrlynn was 165cm tall with a medium build, red hair, hazel eyes and a fair complexion.

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Victoria Police have released an age progression photo of the teen. They said they’ve “exhausted all known avenues of enquiry”. (Photograph by Chris Hopkins)

Body of woman found in US

In 2010 Victoria Police used DNA testing to determine if a body of a woman found in the US could be Sherrlynn.

The body was found seven years after the 16-year-old vanished.

However the body proved to be someone else.

“In 2020, Ballarat detectives received samples of both Sherrlynn’s and her now deceased mother’s hair. The samples were sent to the Victoria Police Forensics Unit and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine for examination, and a partial DNA sample was obtained,” Victoria Police said in a statement.

“Detectives followed up a number of possible DNA matches in Australia, however no matches were found.”

Anyone with information about Sherrlynn is asked to contact either Ballarat Police Station on 03 5336 6000, or Crime Stoppers on 1800 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.



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