Michelle Jean Barnett

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Barnett, circa 1994;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 38 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 30, 1994 from Palm Springs, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 5, 1975
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6 - 5'8, 105 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Barnett's ears are pierced. She has a tattoo on one of her fingers of the name "Ricky" and a tattoo of the name "Anthony" surrounded by flowers on her right shoulder. She may use the last name Valadez and some agencies list her under that name. Some agencies give her date of birth as July 7, 1975.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Barnett moved from her family's residence in Ontario, California to Palm Springs, California in late April or early May 1994, with her three-year-old son and his twenty-nine year-old father. She contacted her family on May 30, 1994 and said that she was planning to return to Ontario shortly. Barnett has never been heard from again. Two weeks after she was last heard from, her mother received a phone call from an unidentified individual who said Barnett was in danger and her family should help her get out of Palm Springs. Barnett's mother contacted police at this time.

    Barnett's loved ones believe that she was the victim of foul play. Nine months after Barnett disappeared, the man she went to Palm Springs with killed one of his brothers. Barnett's mother believes the crime was related to her disappearance. One of Barnett's family members stated that they believe she may have murdered by a gunshot to the head sometime during August or September 1994. The information has never been confirmed by authorities and no arrests have been made in Barnett's case. The man she was with is serving 29 years to life in prison for killing his brother. Barnett's disappearance remains unsolved.

    Barnett may have been driving a 1994 blue Ford Thunderbird or a black Chevrolet Camaro with a customized California license plate reading "LILWREN" in May 1994.


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



    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    In Memory Of Our Children
    Missing Children Everyday
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 6, 2015; age-progression added.

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