Remembering Cheri Lindsey

By Brandi Bailey

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was 30 years ago that a report of a missing child forever changed a community. 12-year-old Cheri Lindsey, the daughter of a former Binghamton Police Sergeant, David Lindsey was found dead.

Lindsey was collecting fees from her paper route when she didn't return home. Her disappearance and death has left a lasting impression on the community.

"It's something that's never going to go away. It's made an indelible mark in my mind and I'm sure in the minds of everyone who was involved, especially personally involved in the investigation," Vestal Police Chief John Butler said.

Then detective with the Binghamton Police Department Alex Minor, now Undersheriff of the Broome County Sheriff's Office found Lindsey's body in the basement of James Wales' home.

"Cheri was put in a suitcase and there was evidence that she had probably been hung from a pipe in the basement," Minor said.

David Lindsey says he and wife have their own ways of dealing with the loss of their daughter.

"We have certain things that we have to do and we do them. My wife still after 30 years has to go upstairs to the bedroom and takes all of her clothes out to make sure they're clean," Lindsey said.

A death 30 years ago that has left a lasting impression on the community and all missing children cases.

The Cheri Lindsey Park in the City of Binghamton was named after Cheri.

Wales is serving life in state prison for second degree murder and rape.

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