PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – There are new developments in the 1985 disappearance of an 8-year-old girl in Butler County.

State police say someone has come forward with new information that could be important to the case.

Trooper Robert McGraw says the new information has the potential to be crucial in the investigation of what happened to Cherrie Mahan.

“An individual came to the Pennsylvania State Police Butler station and provided some information to an investigator regarding this case,” Trooper Dan Kesten said. “May or may not produce additional leads for us.”

The girl disappeared back in 1985 after stepping off her school bus in Winfield Township.

Investigators will not reveal what the person who came forward said, but they do say the information is more specific than past tips have been.

Janice McKinney, Cherrie’s mother, is hoping for answers.

“Would hope that whoever did come forward, that it’s credible evidence, credible – anything that’s credible that could lead us to where Cherrie is, what happened, just answers,” she said.

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