The Disappearance of Sunny Sramek

Sunny Sramek (a.k.a. Sunny J. Straub) was reported missing on April 21, 2019. She had been traveling with a family friend, Cliff Coates, from Trenton, Nebraska, to Omaha, Nebraska, when she disappeared in the middle of the trip.

Sunny Sramek

Sunny Sramek was born on February 23, 2001, in McCook, Nebraska. She had been living with her mother while she worked to get her GED. Her husband, who she was separated from, is not believed to be involved in her disappearance.

Sunny was 18- years old at the time of her disappearance. She is described as a Caucasian female with brown hair and blue eyes. Sunny is 5’7″ tall and weighs 183 pounds. She has a piercing on her nose and her upper lip. Sunny has several scars on her body, including a rectangular scar on the back of her right shoulder and a small square-shaped scar in the center of her upper forehead area. She has scars on her knees and ankles from the pedal of her bike. She also has a scar on her left hand, the bottom of her thumb and forefinger, and along her arm. Sunny also has a red tribal sun tattoo on her ankle and the word ‘fly’ tattooed on her left shoulder. Sunny was last seen wearing denim jean shorts, and a solid black colored tank top. Occasionally, she wears glasses.

She was last seen in a white 2004 Ford Explorer that belonged to Cliff Coates, a friend of the family. The vehicle has since been recovered.

The Day That Sunny Sramek Disappeared

On April 20, 2019, Sunny Sramek, 18, left on a 300-mile road trip with a family friend, Floyd Clifford Coates. Coates was going to drive from Trenton, Nebraska, to Omaha, Nebraska to pick up his niece. Sunny made the trip with him. She didn’t have a cell phone but had borrowed one from someone in Holdrege, Nebraska, to call her mother to check in. This was approximately 1:00 p.m. Sunny had told her mother the trip was going well and that she would see her later that night when they returned. Her mother has not spoken to her daughter since.

In the evening, Coates called Sunny’s mother, Paula Johnson, and told her they had stopped at the Prairie Flower Casino in Carter Lake, Iowa. He had said that Sunny had waited in the truck because she was 18, while he had gone inside. Coates stated she was gone when he came out approximately three hours later. He attempted to look for her and when he couldn’t find her, he left the area. He never contacted the local police department to report her missing.

Later, Coates altered his story, and he went into a gas station in Omaha to pay for fuel and when he came out, Sunny was gone. He had looked for Sunny but could not find her and continued on his way.

Source: Nebraska Department of Corrections

The Investigation into Sunny Sramek’s Disappearance

On April 21, 2019, Sunny’s mother, Paula, reported her daughter missing after she could not locate or contact her. Paula contacted the Hitchcock County Sheriff’s Office to report her missing. Law enforcement searched the greater Omaha area and areas in Iowa but did not locate Sunny. However, they discovered the white 2004 Ford Explorer belonging to Cliff Coates. After further searching, Coates was found. He was arrested on unrelated charges.

The Investigation Continues in Sunny Sramek’s Disappearance

Cliff Coates is presumed to be innocent in Sunny’s disappearance. He has a lengthy criminal record, including possession and sale of drugs, theft, false imprisonment, and possession of a deadly weapon, including concealment. No definitive proof reflecting Coates’ involvement has been discovered at this time.

There is a Facebook Group dedicated to finding Sunny Sramek. The Facebook page can be found here.

The investigation into Sunny’s disappearance remains open and ongoing. Authorities are asking anyone who may have any information regarding the disappearance of Sunny Sramek to contact the Omaha Field Office of the FBI at (402) 493-8688. Her FBI Information Sheet can be found here.

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