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Mother And Her 1-Year Old Daughter Vanished. Four Years Later, Her Daughter Was Found Living With A Family In The Bronx

The Vivid Faces of the Vanished

Sherrie Lynette StoutThe Charley Project

On January 13, 2005, 35-year-old Sherry Stout and her 1-year-old daughter, Quranah Gilliam, vanished from the 200 block of South Street in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Their family reported the pair missing and began to fear the worst.

Then, in 2009, Quranah was found. She was five years old.

"I couldn't believe that was my sister. When I last saw her she was on the bottle and in diapers. Now she's walking and talking like a regular kid," Quranah's big brother Jarell Stout told ABC 7.

Authorities discovered Quranah living with a family in the Bronx, New York. According to ABC 7, the family told authorities that four years before investigators found Quranah living with them, her father, Laquan Gilliam, asked them to watch her for a few days. He never returned. He was later arrested on drug charges and sent to prison. The family tried to track down Quranah's family, but Laquan told them her name was Corrona Brooks. DNA testing proved she was Quranah Gilliam, and she was reunited with her mother's family.

Quranah was located through a tip provided to the police. That tip came from Laquan Gilliam.

"She missed out on a lot so we're trying to make up for a lot of lost time," Quranah's sister Tamara told ABC 7.

The Bronx family who took care of Quranah for those four and a half years were very distraught about losing her and were not charged with any crimes.

In 2018, investigators in Charlotte County, Virginia searched a residence in the Red Oak area after Laquan told someone that Sherry might be buried there, reports The Charlotte Gazette. The search yielded zero evidence in connection to Sherry's disappearance.

Sherry Stout has never been located, and no charges have been filed in her disappearance.

Sherry was 5'3" and weighed 130-135 pounds when she vanished.

If you have any information, please contact the Elizabeth Police Department at 908-578-8306.

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