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Still no sign of Cheryl. Rumors about the city are true - place is a death trap. Mutants and psychos at every turn.Search party log #1

Searching for Cheryl is an unmarked quest in Fallout 3.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Searching for Cheryl
Travel to L'Enfant South.
Take the search party log #1 from the burial mound.
Travel to the Ranger compound.
Access the exterior terminal for search party log #2.
Travel to the north of Potomac Bridge, DC.
Take the search party log #3 from the grave.
Travel north-west of the sewer waystation.
Take the search party log #4 from the grave.
Travel west, by southwest of Jury Street Metro station.
Discover the body of Manny Koch.
Reward: Mini nuke
various loot

Detailed walkthrough

Follow the trail of a party who went out to find Cheryl, sister of the party leader.

First log

Search party log1.jpg

In L'Enfant South, one can find a burial mound containing search party log #1. After exiting the irradiated metro on the L'Enfant southside, turn right to head east and the grave is in front of the last house on the right side of the street.

Second log

As mentioned in the first log, go to the ranger compound and access the outdoor terminal to read the second log about the Canterbury search party. The terminal can either be unlocked by getting the code from Reilly during the Reilly's Rangers quest or is a Very Hard hack.

Third log

Grave with party log #3, just north of east end of Francis Scott Key Bridge

The "western ruins" mentioned in the second log are located to the north of Potomac Bridge, below the festive raider camp. The search party log #3 is in a second burial mound there. To get to that raider camp, travel to Dukov's Place, then go south towards the Potomac Bridge (the only bridge over the big river for miles). The grave can be found between the raider camp and the bridge.

Last log

Grave with #4, northwest of sewer waystation

Search party log #4 is in a grave directly northwest of the sewer waystation. To find the grave, walk toward a big Corvega billboard (which may have an Enclave poster stamped on it if the Waters of Life quest has been completed). The grave is to the left of and before the billboard, in front of the fence, on the northeast side of some rocks.

Find Manny

A short distance west-southwest of Jury Street Metro station, the Lone Wanderer runs into a group of super mutants hiding out near a small wrecked train. Entering the container with the shopping cart cages causes a super mutant behemoth to appear from the east-northeast. In this camp, the corpse of Manny Koch, leader of the search party can be found. Apart from the loot on his body, the main reward is a mini nuke on the behemoth.

Log transcripts


  • The super mutant behemoth is not triggered by the quest but appears when the cart cage with the teddy bear is approached. In this sense, there is no reward for this quest as all loot mentioned can be acquired without completing any quest steps.
  • The behemoth will not re-spawn if it has already been killed before starting this quest. There is nothing gained from finding the burial mounds, aside from low level loot, such as 10mm pistols and ammunition, even if accomplished at level 30.


PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 Manny Koch may be quite alive and very hostile to the player character if the super mutant camp was cleared prior to progressing through the quest and meeting him there. The behemoth trigger doesn't need to be activated. In this case, one has no choice but to defend themselves against the woefully under-equipped Manny. His body may be glitched (Xbox 360 no patch), either distorting in space or falling into pieces then reforming. If he grabs a weapon, this may become invisible. If killed he will drop a finger (with the Lawbringer perk). [verified]