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IA BARBARA ELMS: Missing from Cedar Rapids, IA - 25 August 1993 - Age 50

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    Akoya Bronze Member

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    https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/17054/details

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    Missing Person / NamUs #MP17054 Barbara Lee Elms, Female, White / Caucasian

    Date of Last Contact August 25, 1993
    Missing From Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Missing Age 50 Years
    Current Age 75 Years

    Case Information

    Demographics
    Missing Age 50 Years
    Current Age 75 Years
    First Name Barbara
    Middle Name Lee
    Last Name Elms

    Gender Female
    Race / EthnicityWhite / Caucasian
    Height 5' 3" (63 Inches)
    Weight 150 lbs

    Circumstances
    Date of Last Contact August 25, 1993
    NamUs Case Created August 11, 2012

    Last Known Location Map
    Location Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    County Linn County
    Circumstances of Disappearance Last seen heading toward First Avenue East in Cedar Rapids


    Physical Description
    Hair Color Brown
    Left Eye Color Green
    Right Eye Color Green
    Eye Description Green/Hazel
    Distinctive Physical Features
    No Known Information

    Clothing and Accessories
    Accessories
    Carrying a Walkman with earphones

    Clothing
    Last seen wearing white shorts, a multicolored blouse, black hose

    Footwear
    High-top sneakers

    Investigating Agencies
    CASE OWNER
    Cedar Rapids PD
    (319) 286-5478
    Craig Furnish, Lt
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    Case Contributors
    Linda Mason, Law Enforcement
     
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    Last seen heading toward First Avenue East in Cedar Rapids

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    1st Avenue East, Cedar Rapids, IA
     
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    Last seen heading toward First Avenue East in Cedar Rapids

    A street lamp outside of the CRST Center, 201 First St. SE, in

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    https://iowacoldcases.org/case-summaries/barbara-elms/

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    Missing Person
    Barbara Lee Elms
    Age at Report: 50 YOA
    Date of Birth: April 2, 1943
    Weight: 150 lbs.
    Height: 5′ 03″
    Hair Color: Brown
    Eye Color: Green/Hazel
    Missing From: Cedar Rapids, IA
    Linn County
    Investigating Agency: Cedar Rapids Police Department
    Case Number: 93019256
    NamUs MP # 17054
    NCIC Number: M-669943429
    Fingerprints: Available
    Classification: Endangered Missing / Disabled
    Date Reported Missing: August 25, 1993

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    Linn County in Iowa

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    Cedar Rapids in Linn County
    Barbara Lee Elms was reported missing to the Cedar Rapids Police Department on August 25, 1993.

    She was last seen heading toward First Avenue East, wearing white shorts, a multicolored blouse, black hose, hi-top sneakers, and a Walkman with earphones.

    The 50-year-old Cedar Rapids woman had prior episodes of leaving for days at a time, but those times lasted only a few days and she always took along all her jewelry, makeup and clothes.

    Elms was separated from her husband seven years prior to her disappearance and her mental illness had been increasing. He took steps to finalize a divorce in the summer of 1993, but promised he would continue to support his wife.

    There is no indication at Elms’ residence that she took belongings for a trip. She did not take her purse, identification, or clothes. Soup that she apparently planned to eat on the day she disappeared was left out.

    Elms had endured episodes of mental illness and consumption of prescription medication and alcohol. She had no fixed income, but refused to apply for help. Instead, she chose to work the garbage containers behind First Avenue East with friends.

    Her ex-husband helped with rent, food and a little spending money. She dressed oddly and often mixed a dance step or a twirl into her paces along the strip on First Avenue East between Coe College and the Hy-Vee store. The fear of change in her life may have sent her on the run.

    The ex-husband and daughter thinks she may be a bag lady in some other city. Just one month before Elms disappeared, she was sprayed with a chemical, hit over the head, and robbed of cigarettes in a southeast Cedar Rapids park.

    A DNA sample has been submitted and tests are complete.

    Information Needed
    If you have any information regarding Barbara Elms’ disappearance, please contact Lt. Craig Furnish at the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5478.

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    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://iowacoldcases.org/cases-by-city/cedar-rapids/

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    Missing Person
    Barbara L. Elms
    50 YOA
    Missing From:
    Cedar Rapids
    Linn County
    Date Reported Missing: August 25, 1993


    Barbara Elms was reported missing on August 25, 1993. The 50-year-old Cedar Rapids woman had a history of leaving for days at a time, but vanished without a trace on August 25.
     
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    What a sad situation. :(
     
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