Sherry Cooper and Barbara Hoyt fled from Manson and the family after Hoyt overheard Susan Atkins talking about the Tate murder to Ruth Ann Morehouse. When Manson found out the two girls had run away he was described as being furious and took off after them. He found them having breakfast in a diner and gave them $20 after the girls told Manson they wanted to leave. It is rumored that he later ordered select family members to go get them and bring them back or kill them.
On November 16, 1969 an unidentified body was found which was later identified as possibly being family member, Sherry Cooper.