The house where a 12-year-old Binghamton girl was killed now has a date with a wrecking crew.

Demolition workers are scheduled to tear down the abandoned home on Binghamton's North Side Thursday.

Binghamton Evening Press newspaper carrier Cheri Lindsey disappeared in March 1984 while she was collecting from customers on her route.

After a massive search, her body was found more than 24 hours later in the basement of the house at 6½ Sturges Street.

James Wales Sr. was convicted of murder and rape in connection with Cheri Lindsey's death. He is serving a sentence of 33 years to life in prison.

A mural of Cheri Ann Lindsey as it appeared in the Binghamton park named in her memory. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Cheri's parents - David and Jean Lindsey - have long wanted to see the house where their daughter died demolished. It's located a short distance from their home.

The Broome County legislature late last year approved the purchase of the property so the abandoned building could be torn down.

The Lindseys had hoped the demolition might occur on March 26, on the anniversary of Cheri's death.

They were disappointed that it wasn't torn down then. David Lindsey on Tuesday said "I knew there'd be red tape" in clearing the way for the project. But, he said, "we're just happy it's happening" now. He plans to be on hand when Gorick Construction starts the demolition project Thursday morning.

LISTEN: Cheri Lindsey's Dad Discusses Planned House Demolition

Cheri Lindsey's body was found in this house on Sturges Street on March 27, 1984. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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