Esther Lucille Westenbarger

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Above Images: Westenbarger, circa 2009

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 12, 2009 from Kokomo, Indiana
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 16, 1958
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, brown eyes. Westenbarger has a tattoo of a black and brown parachute with wings on her left ankle, and a tattoo of a yellow and black 1st Cavalier Army patch on her upper left bicep. She has a freckled complexion and she wears eyeglasses.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A tan or cream-colored three-quarter length V-neck shirt, a dark-colored leather jacket, blue jeans, flip-flops, a tan cowboy hat, a heart-shaped necklace and rings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Westenbarger was last seen leaving Miller's Tavern in the 100 block of west Elm Street, in Kokomo, Indiana at 1:30 a.m. on November 12, 2009. She may have walked to the Hoosier Bar, where her vehicle was parked. She has never been heard from again and her car, a gold 2005 Cadillac CTS with a personalized Ohio license plate reading "MSESTER," is also missing. A photo of the car is posted below this case summary.

    Westenbarger lived most of her life in Fostoria, Ohio; she attended Fostoria High School and was employed with Findlay Industries for almost twenty years. She accepted a buyout from her employer and moved to a trailer in Kokomo not long before her disappearance in order to be closer to her mother and siblings. Her adult son, who visited her shortly before she went missing, said she appeared to be depressed and regretted moving to Indiana. Westenbarger left all her belongings behind at home, and her loved ones don't believe she left of her own accord; they fear foul play was involved in her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Above: Westenbarger's car

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Howard County Sheriff's Department
    765-456-2020

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    The Fostoria Review Times
    The Kristen Foundation
    NamUs
    City of Kokomo, Indiana
    The CUE Center for Missing Persons
    The Kokomo Perspective

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 27, 2010; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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