Almost 30 years have passed and Sherrie Passaro still can’t forget what she saw upon returning to her mother’s rural home tucked into the hills of Sherman, just days after the 38-year-old woman disappeared.
The only trace left of Mary Badaracco that day in August 1984 was a wedding ring and a set of car keys. Everything, from pictures on the wall to her old blue jeans and T-shirts, had been removed. Dominic Badaracco – her husband and Passaro’s stepfather – said Mary left him and took $100,000. A year later, a judge finalized Dominic’s divorce.
Decades later, Passaro and her sister, Beth Profeta, are still struggling to find a measure of justice in a case where there’s never been a hint that their mother survived. Years of police investigation, search warrants, rumors and accusations have yielded little progress.