Amber Renee Barker

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Left: Amber, circa 1997;
Right: Age-progression to age 21 (circa 2008)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 18, 1997 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 14, 1987
  • Age: 10 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11 - 5'0, 70 - 80 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Amber's ears are pierced. Her nickname is Amby.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved beige shirt with a brown collar, light blue or black jeans and No Excuses sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Amber was last seen at approximately 6:00 p.m. on December 18, 1997 in her hometown of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She left a friend's residence and was riding her blue ten-speed bicycle in the 3000 block of northwest 45th Street at the time. Amber phoned her mother prior to departing from her friend's home and said that she would return to her family's residence in the 3100 block of northwest 39th Street. She has never been heard from again.

    Amber's bicycle was discovered abandoned in Denniston Park in Oklahoma City on December 19, the day following her disappearance. The bike was located near northwest 27th Street and Drexel Boulevard, which is one mile from her home. Amber's sweater, shoes and ring were found along Drexel Boulevard and northwest 12th Street on December 20. One of her shoes was a block away from the other one. Investigators stated that blood, hair and fiber evidence was discovered near Amber's possessions. There were blue fibers and vomit on her sweater, and a speck of blood on her shoe, but the blood spot was so small that authorities could not link it to any specific person.

    Daniel John Smith, Amber's sister's common-law husband, was previously convicted of attempted kidnapping in 1995. He admitted that he assaulted a woman in Oklahoma City while he was intoxicated and tried to steal her car keys. The woman says he tried to rape her. Smith pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a five-year deferred prison sentence and four months at a boot camp, where he earned excellent reviews. The police had been summoned to another of Amber's sisters' homes in November 1997, approximately one month before the child disappeared. Her sister claimed that Smith hit her after she refused to have sexual relations with him. He was given a citation by authorities but was not arrested.

    Smith was allegedly at Amber's residence when she called her mother to say she was returning home. He left the residence immediately afterwards and headed west, the same direction Amber was coming from. Smith was questioned about Amber on the day after her disappearance, and authorities wanted to interview him further, but he discovered hanged from a tree in at Ray Trent Park in Del City, Oklahoma at 11:30 p.m. on December 22, 1997, four days after Amber was last seen. Investigators determined he committed suicide. Smith was not labeled as a suspect at the time; authorities simply said they wanted to question him regarding Amber's case.

    Amber's disappearance remains unsolved. She was a fourth-grade student at James Monroe Elementary School at the time of her disappearance. Her loved ones stated she wasn't having any personal problems when she went missing; neither does she have a history as a runaway. Foul play is suspected due to the circumstances involved in her case.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oklahoma City Police Department
    405-297-1290

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    KWTV News 9
    The Shawnee News-Star
    Amber Renee Barker Missing
    The Oklahoman
    Tulsa World
    NamUs

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 2, 2009; clothing/jewelry description updated.

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