Jennifer Joyce Barton

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Above: Barton, circa 1976

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 16, 1976 from Austin, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 31, 1955
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Barton has a light, freckled complexion. There is a scar on the calf of her right leg. Barton may go by her initials, J. J. Barton.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A burgundy body suit, blue jeans, and sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Barton went to the movies with a friend in Austin, Texas on May 16, 1976. She was last seen speaking to an unidentified man afterwards, outside a bar in the vicinity of east 11th Street and Waller Street in Austin. The man had a brown van with California license plates. Barton has never been heard from again.

    Barton is a dropout from Reagan High School and has a record of prostitution arrests, but she has not been arrested since her 1976 disappearance. One of friends was murdered in February 1976, and Barton's apartment was broken into shortly afterwards, but it unknown whether these incidents had anything to do with her disappearance. She is considered endangered and foul play is suspected in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Austin Police Department
    512-974-5250

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Austin American-Statesman

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 9, 2005.

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