Vivian Lee Barrett

Barrett, circa 1989

  • Missing Since 01/04/1989
  • Missing From Sebring, Florida
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 03/31/1925 (94)
  • Age 63 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'2, 150 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description Possibly a black t-shirt, a maroon sweater and black stretch pants.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Barrett wears an upper denture plate. Her ears are pierced.

Details of Disappearance

Barrett was last seen in Sebring, Florida on January 4, 1989. She left her home in Sarasota, Florida on her 1986 Honda motor scooter, en route to north Florida, but apparently never arrived there. She wrote to her sister in Los Angeles that day, saying she was staying at the Oscar Scherer Recreation Area near Osprey, Florida. This is the last time anyone in her family heard from her.

On January 9, her scooter was found leaning against a tree about a hundred feet north of State Road 66 near Sebring. It appeared as if it had crashed, and its basket and tag were ripped off. Barrett's green pup tent and the flags she normally used to decorate her campsites were missing. There was no sign of her at the scene and she has never been heard from again.

Barrett enjoys camping and had traveled across the country for years prior to her disappearance, staying in campgrounds or just by the roadside. She lived off Social Security benefits. The last time she used her bank account was a day or two before she disappeared; she withdrew $105. Authorities believe she may have been robbed and killed. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Highlands County Sheriff's Office 863-385-0347

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 13, 2018; casefile added.