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Identifying Features of Sunny Sramek
Sunny Sramek, who also goes by Sunny J Straub, has brown hair, blue eyes, is a white female standing at 5’7 and weighing 183 pounds. She is presumed to be missing from the Nebraska/Iowa area, around Omaha.
On her left shoulder, she has a tattoo of a feather with the word “FLY,” and on her right ankle she has a tattoo of a tribal sun in red ink. She has multiple scars on her body that include a rectangular scar on the back of her right shoulder and a small square-shaped scar in the middle of her upper forehead. She also has multiple scars on her ankle and knee from a bike peddle, and scars from chickenpox on her face. She has a scar on her left hand and the bottom of her thumb and forefinger, and cuts on her arm.
She was last seen wearing denim shorts and a black tank top. She also had with her a pair of jeans and a hoodie. She sometimes wears glasses and appears to have her nose and upper lip pierced. She was last seen in a 2004 white Ford Explorer with Iowa plates. This vehicle has since been recovered.
Born on February 23, 2001 to Paula Johnson and Jody Sramek in McCook, Nebraska, Sunny was said to be a smart and artistic young girl. Growing up she was described as having a very creative and bright mind, which seemed to run in her family. Her grandmother was a retired art teacher and her grandfather was a retired science teacher.
She grew up in Trenton, Nebraska, and started off going to high school there. She later had to transfer to a McCook High School due to being bullied. She was still working hard to earn her GED.
On April 20, 2019, Sunny and a male acquaintance, named Cliff Coates, had planned on taking a day trip from Trenton, Nebraska, to Omaha, Nebraska, to pick up Cliff’s niece. The trip was about 300 miles away, and while Sunny didn’t own a cell phone at the time, she borrowed one from someone while in Holdrege, Nebraska, to call her mother at around 1 pm. She told her everything was going well and she would see her later that night when they got back to Trenton.
Several hours later, Cliff called Sunny’s mother between 9 p.m. and midnight to tell her they had stopped at the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa, and because she was only 18, Sunny had had to wait in the truck. He told her mother when he came back out about three hours later, Sunny was gone. He said he looked for her but couldn’t find her, so he left the area.
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Later on, he changed his story and said Sunny disappeared while they stopped at a gas station in Omaha. He said he ran in to pay for gas and when he came back out she was gone. Both times he told his story he never mentioned calling the police or notifying any authority about her missing.
Sunny’s mother, Paula, called the police the next morning to tell them her daughter was missing. She called the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s office and told them what had happened. The police searched for the Sunny in the areas around Omaha and Iowa and found the white Ford. Later, they found and arrested Cliff on unrelated charges.
The case is still open and the search is ongoing, but they have very few leads. Police have not yet come forward with an official suspect, though many people believe Cliff had something to do with Sunny’s disappearance.
The Male Acquaintance
Cliff's full name is Floyd Clifford Coats Jr and, while it’s unclear what relationship he had with Sunny, it’s known he had a long criminal record. In Kansas and Nebraska, he has criminal records for the sale and possession of drugs, theft, false imprisonment, possession of a deadly weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon.
His family continues to claim he had nothing to do with Sunny's disappearance, but Sunny's family is suspicious. One theory online is that due to Cliff's unsavory past, some people believe he might have sold her into trafficking or something happened to her and he dumped her body. These are just theories, of course, and Cliff is still presumed to be innocent.
If you have any information you are urged to contact the FBI’s Omaha Division at 402-493-8688. You can also follow this case and get updates with the Find Sunny Sramek Facebook page.
Constant Juma on April 19, 2021:
I think that Cliff has something to do with it or rather should be so instrumental in helping out with the case. His attitude towards find her could tell if he's honest. Hoping that the girl will be found safe