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FL VIVIAN BARRETT: Missing from Sarasota County, FL - 3 January 1989 - Age 63

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  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

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  2. Akoya

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    Case Report - NamUs MP # 26322

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Vivian
    Middle name L.
    Last name Barrett
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen January 03, 1989 00:00
    Date entered 10/01/2014
    Age last seen 63 to years old
    Age now 91 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 62.0
    Weight (pounds) 150.0

    Circumstances
    City Sarasota
    State Florida
    Zip code
    County Sarasota
    Circumstances
    Vivian was last seen on January 3, 1989.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair

    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Sgt
    First name
    Last name McGann
    Phone 863-402-7250 / 863-402-72
    Website
    Case number 89010481 / HCS0060FF00721
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction County
    Agency Highlands County Sheriff's Office
    Address 1 434 Fernleaf Avenue
    Address 2
    City Sebring
    State Florida
    Zip code 33870
     
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  3. Akoya

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    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestig....php?8946-Vivian-Barrett-Missing-1989-Florida

    Vivian Barrett, Missing 1989, Florida

    Name:
    BARRETT, VIVIAN LEE
    Nicknames:
    Aliases:
    Missing Person Circumstances:
    Reporting Agency:
    Highlands County Sheriff's Office
    Agency Case #:
    89010481
    Date of Last Contact:
    01/04/1989
    Date of Birth:
    03/31/1925
    Race:
    WHITE
    Sex:
    FEMALE
    Height:
    5' 02"
    Weight:
    150
    Hair Color:
    BROWN
    Eyes Color:
    BLUE
    Scars, Marks, Tattoos:
    DENTURE, UPPER ONLY
    Occupation:
    Last Known Address City and State:
    SEBRING,FL
    Medical Caution Information:
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestig....php?8946-Vivian-Barrett-Missing-1989-Florida

    The Tampa Tribune
    January 16, 1992
    Edition: FLORIDA
    Section: HEARTLAND
    Page: 1



    3 years later, clues scarce in disappearance of woman


    Author: DAVE NICHOLSON; Tribune Staff Writer

    Dateline: SEBRING

    Three years ago this Friday, a Highlands County sheriff's investigator scribbled down the vehicle identification numbers from a battered Honda motor scooter that had been found in a junk pile off State Road 66.
    Sheriff's Investigator Betty McDaniel thought she'd run the numbers through a computer, find out who owned the scooter and return it to its owner.

    The computer check was considered routine. No one had paid much attention when the scooter was turned in Jan. 9, 1989. It appeared to be nothing more than just another abandoned vehicle when it was brought to McDaniel's attention a few days later.

    However, the scooter was to become one of the few clues to the mysterious disappearance of a 63-year-old California woman who liked to strike out on her own on cross-country trips. She was last seen alive in early January 1989 at a state park near Sarasota.

    As time dragged on, McDaniel and members of VivianBarrett's family became convinced that the retiree died a violent death. McDaniel surmises that Barrett was killed resisting a robber who ran her off the road.

    ""I'm really surprised that a body hasn't been discovered, but there's a lot of undeveloped land along that highway,'' said McDaniel, who has seen her case evolve from a simple abandoned property report into a suspected homicide. ""How her bike got from Sarasota to Sebring is a mystery.''

    Barrett left her sister's home near Los Angeles in August 1989 and headed for Florida. She frequently traveled the country alone, sleeping in campgrounds or in the woods in a small tent she carried in a milk crate attached to her scooter, her sister, Virginia Barton, said in a 1990 interview. Barrett had her Social Security check deposited in a California bank and used an automatic teller card when she needed money, Barton has said.

    Barrett had telephoned relatives Jan. 2, 1989, to say she was planning to visit North Florida. She followed up two days later with a letter saying she was leaving the next day from Sarasota County's Oscar Scherer State Recreation Area.

    That was the last time anyone heard from her. When her scooter was found, it was battered as if it had been in a wreck. It was missing its California license plate and the plastic milk crate she used as a cargo box. Her only known belongings, an American flag, green pup tent, orange flag and the crate decorated with animal decals also have never been found.

    Her bank account in California hasn't been touched.

    An air and ground search by sheriff's departments in Highlands and Sarasota counties was unsuccessful. Nothing was found, and no new leads have been developed since 1989, McDaniel said.

    ""Unless someone finds a body or turns in some of her belongings, we don't have anything more to go on,'' McDaniel said. ""I don't think she disappeared on her own, but we don't know just what happened to her.''
     
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  5. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.officialcoldcaseinvestig....php?8946-Vivian-Barrett-Missing-1989-Florida

    Vivian Barrett, Missing 1989, Florida

    Vivian telephoned relatives Jan. 2, 1989, to say she was planning to visit North Florida. She followed up two days later with a letter saying she was leaving the next day from Sarasota County's Oscar Scherer State Recreation Area (South of Osprey, FL).

    Her Scooter was found in a junk pile off State Road 66 (highlighted in yellow). It was battered as if it had been in a wreck. It was missing its California license plate and the plastic milk crate she used as a cargo box. Her only known belongings, an American flag, green pup tent, orange flag and the crate decorated with animal decals also have never been found.

    I wonder if she was heading to the State Park, near Sebring or trying to make it all the way to her relatives. Said she was riding a "scooter", so I don't know how fast she could of been travelling...

    Sounds like she was hit by a vehicle and someone hid the body, to avoid manslaughter charges or something.

    97 Miles

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  6. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://missingpersonsdata.com/usa/Florida/missing-recent/case-details/26322

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Vivian
    Middle name L.
    Last name Barrett
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen January 03, 1989 00:00
    Date entered 10/01/2014
    Age last seen 63 to years old
    Age now Unknown DOB
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 62.0
    Weight (pounds) 150.0
    Circumstances
    City Sarasota
    State Florida
    Zip code
    County Sarasota
    Circumstances
    Vivian was last seen on January 3, 1989.

    Physical
    Hair color Brown
    Head hair

    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Blue
    Right eye color Blue

    Investigating Agency
    Title Sgt
    First name
    Last name McGann
    Phone 863-402-7250 / 863-402-72
    Website
    Case number 89010481 / HCS0060FF00721
    Date reported
    Jurisdiction County
    Agency Highlands County Sheriff's Office
    Address 1 434 Fernleaf Avenue
    Address 2
    City Sebring
    State Florida
    Zip code 33870
    Comments

    Contacts
    Case Manager
    First Name Orlando
    Last Name Esquibel
    Phone 863-402-7341
    Regional Administrator
    First Name Carrie
    Last Name Sutherland
    Email carrie.sutherland@unthsc.edu
    Phone 817-202-5931
     
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    1989 Honda Lead NH50 Motorcycle Scooter

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  10. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I didn't think Scooters were legal on Highways because they can't get up to enough speed for freeway travel. Her Scooter appearing battered, someone intentionally hit her to victimize her or it was an,accident. Either way, They made sure she wasn't found. And I am surprised she hasn't been. I wonder why they let her Scooter be found.
     

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