Timothy John Barnes

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Above Images: Barnes, circa 1988


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 5, 1988 from Yosemite National Park, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 21, 1963
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'4, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Barnes may have a mustache or a goatee. He has a blue discoloration on his upper lip and a wart on the right side of his nose. His teeth appear grayish in color and he has an orthopedic pin implanted in his left ankle. Barnes smoked Marlboro cigarettes at the time of his 1988 disappearance. His nickname is Tim.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt with the image of the letter F with a red circle around it and a slash through it, gray sweatpants, worn white sneakers and sunglasses with brown frames. Carrying a yellow day packs.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Barnes was a resident of Cucamonga, California in 1988. He left Tenaya Lakes near Highway 120 east of Tioga Road in California at approximately 9:00 a.m. on July 5, 1988. Barnes planned to hike from the Murphy Creek Trailhead to Polly Dome Lakes in Yosemite National Park, which are located approximately three miles from Tenaya Lakes. He was supposed to return by 4:30 p.m., but never showed up and and has never been heard from again. Barnes's friends reported him as a missing person to park service rangers the following morning. An extensive search of the surrounding area failed to produce any evidence as to his whereabouts.

    Barnes was declared legally dead on July 19, 1990, two years after his disappearance. His body has never been found.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Yosemite National Park Police Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Fresno Bee
    The Doe Network
    Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite by Michael P. Ghiglieri and Charles R. Farabee
    National Park Service


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 23, 2017; two pictures and clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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