Barnes, approximately 2000
Date reported missing : 07/07/2000
Missing location (approx) :
West Point, Mississippi
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 07/24/1971 (50)
Age at the time of disappearance: 28 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white t-shirt and a blue denim dress or jumper.
Medical conditions : Barnes is mentally disabled. She can't remember names or numbers very well and has a very trusting nature as a result of her disability.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Barnes has a bite mark on her neck, a scar just below her right knee, and a burn scar on her lower back. Her nickname is Little Jessie.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Barnes was last seen late in the afternoon of July 7, 2000, at a family member's home in the vicinity of the 800 block of Little Street in West Point, Mississippi. She was reported missing ten days after she was last seen; her family became concerned after her grandmother died and Barnes didn't attend the funeral. She has never been heard from again.
Barnes left behind a young daughter. Although it wasn't unusual for her to drop out of sight for a few days, she was never gone for very long. Before she went missing, she told her sister a man had threatened her with a knife. She was unable to remember the man's name, however, and it's unclear whether the incident was related to her later disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
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West Point Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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