Sherris Stringham

BLUE SPRINGS (KCTV5) -- The body of a Blue Springs woman who went missing in Belize has been discovered.

The authorities there told Sherris Stringham’s family members on Saturday that they believe they have all of the suspects responsible for her death in custody.

According to investigators, four teenage males broke down her gate and tried to steal her SUV.

She tried to stop them, but they hit her in the head and put her in her SUV. They then ransacked her house and took her body and her SUV.

They drove down the highway to where there is a stretch of bridges between two cities. Then they threw her body over one of the bridges.

The suspects then went for a joyride, crashing her SUV before ditching it.

Stringham is now at a funeral home. She wished to be cremated.

Her family will be flying to Belize on Tuesday to bring her home.

They are very grateful for the outpouring of support and kind words the community has shared with them during this time.


Previous coverage:

A Grain Valley man fears for his mother's safety after she disappeared in Central America.

Sherris Stringham, 67, went missing in Belize.

Her son and daughter are worried and are trying to do everything they can to find her and bring her home safely.

"Trying to grasp anything we can to hold onto the fact that she is still alive," said Matthew Hall, Stringham's son. "We are hoping that doing this interview we can get this out. Get her picture out that maybe somebody has seen something, seen her vehicle and they can contact us."

The Blue Springs native recently retired and moved to Belize.

Her family says after decades of driving a school bus and checking groceries at Hy-Vee, she scraped together all she had and retired to Hopkins, a village in Belize.

No one has heard from her since Saturday, Aug 25, which is out of character and very concerning.

Her son says when Hopkins police went to her home, they found it ransacked and her wallet empty.

She has not been seen or heard from since around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Her friends in Belize are sharing missing person flyers.

Her children hope her photo and story can be shared locally and in Belize to find their mother.

The family has set up a GoFundMe account for assistance

Thursday evening update:

According to The Reporter, Stringham's green Nissan Xterra was found abandoned near the Orange Walk bypass. The license plates had allegedly been removed.

Police told the newspaper that there was nothing inside the vehicle that would help them find her and that they suspect foul play.

One person has been detained for questioning, the newspaper said.

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