Sheryl Rucci has been missing for 6 years; police are asking for information on her whereabouts.
LOCKPORT, N.Y.- Niagara County Sheriff's Deputies say they've followed up on nearly 200 leads, but to date nothing has lead them to any answers in Sheryl Rucci's August 2005 disappearance.
Six years later, investigators are again asking the public to share any information that could be helpful in solving the case. They say they have received no indicators that Rucci is still alive, but both investigators and family members remain hopeful.
The day she disappeared, Rucci was to be served a subpoena to testify in front of a grand jury in a sex-abuse case against her boyfriend, Roger Huber. Rucci was also facing charges stemming from that case.
Huber was convicted and served a four year sentence. Investigators say they do not believe Rucci's testimony would have affected Huber's conviction or sentence.
Investigators say the only other thing missing from Rucci's Lockport apartment, besides Rucci herself, were her keys. They say say she left behind her purse and other personal items, as well as her then-8-year-old daughter, Ashley.
"That's not typical of someone who was in a runaway or fugitive type setting," said Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour. "It was very strange to us."
Likewise, family members say Rucci was close with her family, and it is out-of-character for her to leave without contacting her family. She has been described as a devoted, caring mother, who was also very close with her own mother.
"I don't necessarily think she would run away," said her brother, Rick Rucci, who is also employed by the Niagara County Department of Corrections. "I think she would bite the bullet and see what's going on, and deal with her problems, and deal with the issues that had come up in question."
Sheryl's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to her return or whereabouts.
"Somebody, somewhere knows something," said Rick Rucci. "But until they come to the Sheriff's office and let us know, we'll still go through day by day like we are and wondering and waiting for that call."
Rick Rucci says Ashley, who is now 14, is being cared for by her aunt and uncle and is "excelling."
Anyone with information should contact Investigator John Wick at 438-3342, Investigator Ron Dworzanski at 438-3407, investigator Dan Brown at 438-3328 or the Criminal Investigations Bureau at 438-3327.