NC Wanted

NC Wanted: Man remains on the run 30 years after death of single mother

Posted October 24, 2015 10:50 p.m. EDT

— Sherry Lyall Hart—a single mother—decided to go out of town in Ashe County on Jan. 15, 1984. It was the last time her family saw her alive, and authorities are still looking for her killer 30 years later.

Witnesses say Hart ran into to acquaintances at a bar, Richard Bare and Jeff Burgess. They allegedly persuaded her to get into their car for a ride around town.

Hart vanished without a trace.

“My husband went out looking for her and found her car,” Betty Lyall said “From there on, we began to think that something bad happened. I was hoping that she was OK.”

It was 10 months before investigators to a break in the case they needed, and it was simply a stroke of luck.

An investigator said he was unknowingly standing on a skeletal hand that was sticking out of the mud, which did turn out to be the remains of Hart.

Investigators believe Bare became aggressive when Hart denied his advances. They believe Bare pulled her out of the car and threw her off a cliff.

Bare and Burgess were arrested on June 30, 1985, but investigators said Bare’s sister romanced a guard at the Wilkes County Detention Center and convinced him to look the other way while Bare escaped.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Bare, call the NC Wanted toll-free hotline at 1-866-43-wanted.