Retired Binghamton police sergeant David Lindsey - whose 12-year-old daughter was killed near her North Side home in 1984 - has died. He was 81.

Lindsey died Tuesday afternoon at his home after a short battle with liver cancer. According to an obituary placed by the family, Lindsey was survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean, along with three children and several grandchildren.

Cheri Ann Lindsey disappeared while collecting payments from customers on her Evening Press newspaper route on March 26, 1986. Her body was found the following night in a home on Sturges Street. James Wales was sentenced to 33 years to life in prison after he was convicted of rape and murder in the girl's death.

David Lindsey joined the Binghamton Police Department in 1973. He retired from the agency twenty years later.

Lindsey served as a Broome County legislator from 1991 to 1996 and from 2001 to 2006.

Beginning in 2017, David Lindsey and his wife spoke out forcefully against the possibility that their daughter's killer would be released on parole. The state parole board refused to release Wales three times. His next parole hearing is scheduled for this month.

Funeral services will be held at the J.A. McCormack Sons Funeral Home at 141 Main Street in Binghamton on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Burial will be in Chenango Valley Cemetery in Hillcrest.

IN HIS OWN WORDS: David Lindsey spoke on WNBF Radio about plans to demolish the house where his daughter was killed. Listen to the interview from January 3, 2020.

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