Barbara Ann Hilton

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Above Images: Hilton, circa 1972


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 4, 1972 from Montrose, Illinois
  • Classification: Missing
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'3, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Hilton has a three-inch scar on the side of her neck.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A "grannie" or "hippie" type sundress and sandals.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hilton was last seen in Montrose, Illinois on August 4, 1972. She was carrying an oversize purse at the time of her disappearance. She left home at 7:00 p.m. and told her parents she was going out to a movie with friends, never returned. Hilton's boyfriend said she arrived at his home at 8:00 p.m., and left at 1:00 a.m. the next day. She has never been heard from again. After her disappearance, her green Chevrolet Nova was found abandoned along Illinois 121, about seven miles from her home. There were flies buzzing around the trunk, but no indications of foul play, and the car was not disabled. A recent rainstorm had washed all the fingerprints from the exterior.

    Hilton left behind a baby daughter, who was raised by her parents. She never revealed the identity of the child's father, but her parents learned she had dated inter-racially, which was controversial at the time. She was pregnant at least one more time and allegedly gave birth to a stillborn baby. At the time of her disappearance, Hilton was working as a nursing aide at St. Anthony's Hospital and studying nursing at Lake Land College. She was a reliable employee but a poor student, and had planned to transfer to another school. Her friends stated she carried a knife for protection.

    The police believe Hilton may have left of her own accord to escape her unhappy family situation. There was a possible sighting of her in the area a week after her car was found. Her parents are uncertain as to whether she ran away or met with foul play. There's been no indication of her whereabouts since 1972; her case remains unsolved.

    Hilton was mistakenly reported as recovered in February 2013. The report turned out to be false; she is still missing.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Effingham County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Decatur Herald and Review


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2013; casefile added.

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