Bettye Jo Hart

Above: Hart, circa 1985


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 1985 from Grapevine, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 1, 1931
  • Age: 54 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, blue eyes. Hart has surgical scars on her abdomen. Her gallbladder and uterus are missing and she has had a partial gastrectomy. Her first name may be spelled "Betty." Hart may use the aliases B. J. Walker, Betty Horn, Betty J. Lindsay, Betty J. Walker, Jo Hart and/or Betty Horn Hart. She has a crowded anterior tooth. Her blood type is A-positive.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A purple blouse, purple slacks, and a white gold ring with multiple diamonds weighing approximately 3 carats altogether.
  • Medical Conditions: Hart has been diagnosed with leukemia. She also suffers from acute anemia and bleeding ulcers. Hart is classified as disabled.
  • Bar

    Details of Disappearance

    Hart was last seen near her Grapevine, Texas residence at 12:00 p.m. on September 11, 1985. She was accompanied by Garry V. Kirkland at the time. Further details regarding Kirkland are unavailable. Hart has never been heard from again. Her clothing, jewelry and vehicle were left behind at the home she shared with her husband. There were no signs of a struggle at Hart's home, but foul play has not been ruled out in her disappearance. She was a woman of means who owned property in the area and operated a tavern in Tarrant County. Her loved ones stated it would be uncharacteristic of her to knowingly get into a dangerous situation and, other than owning a bar, she did not have a high-risk lifestyle.

    Investigators searched a heavily wooded area of Sky Harbor in northern Hood County, Texas in 2008, looking for Hart's body, but the search turned up nothing. Her case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Grapevine Police Department


    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Doe Network
    The Dallas Morning News
    The Hood County News


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 3, 2017; details of disappearance updated.

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