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Countdown of Top 5 Stories of 2022: Number 2

Audrey May Herron

We are down to the Number 2 story of 2022 in our week-long countdown.

The disappearance of Freehold resident Audrey May Herron back in 2002 stymied law enforcement for years. Over the years, there have been numerous tips reported to authorities, but she was never found.

In May 2022, 20 years after Herron’s disappearance, a new tip led state police to search waters in Earlton, to no avail. She still remains missing, two decades later.

NUMBER 2: Police search local waters in 20-year-old missing person’s case

EARLTON — Nearly 20 years after Audrey May Herron went missing, state police conducted a search of several bodies of water following a tip that was reported in the long unresolved missing person’s case.

The New York State Police in Catskill worked with the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team to conduct a search of Maurer’s Lake and Potuck Reservoir on May 5.

Both are located on Schoharie Turnpike in Earlton, with a portion of the search area in the Catskill Creek in South Cairo.

“This was a result of information that was reported in relation to the Audrey Herron missing person case from 2002,” according to a statement released by state police Monday afternoon.

The underwater search did not yield any new clues in the two decades’ long case.

“No evidence or information was developed from this search,” according to state police.

Audrey May Herron went missing Aug. 29, 2002, at around 11 p.m. She was last seen driving westbound on state Route 23 in the town of Catskill after leaving her job at the former Greene County Long-Term Health facility in Jefferson Heights. When she left work that evening, she was wearing dark green medical scrubs and a blue turtleneck, police reported at the time.

Herron, a mother of three whose children are now adults, was driving a 1994 black Jeep Grand Cherokee with New York license plate X233UV. The vehicle has never been recovered despite an extensive investigation that has spanned nearly 20 years.

She was 31 years old when she went missing. Over the years police have reported the investigation into new leads, but none have yielded information leading to the discovery of what happened to Audrey May Herron in 2002.

The case has also received extensive publicity nationwide, but still remains unresolved.

For years family and friends held motorcycle rides in Herron’s honor and to shine a light on her case and keep her memory alive.

Law enforcement is asking anyone with information about the case to call the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Catskill at 518-622-8600.

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