Donna Michele Barnhill

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Left and Center: Donna, circa 1981;
Right: Age-progression to age 49 (circa 2016)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 18, 1981 from Lexington, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 19, 1967
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Donna has a mole or a birthmark on her right arm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark blue jacket, an orange sweatshirt and jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Donna left her family's residence in Lexington, North Carolina on March 18, 1981 at approximately 8:30 p.m. She was planning to walk to a friend's home nearby. She was last seen walking on Hemstead Street. Donna contacted her friend shortly thereafter, but she never arrived at the house and has not been heard from again.

    Donna's older sister, Anita Barnhill, died in February 1966 at the age of two. Her family said she had fallen out of a high chair and hit her head, and her death was ruled an accident. In 1999, a reporter looking into Donna's disappearance became suspicious about Anita's death and urged police to reopen the investigation. Authorities reclassified Anita's death as a homicide by child abuse. No one has been charged in connection with the child's murder, however. Police stated the investigation into Anita's death does not change Donna's missing persons case. They did search her former residence with ground-penetrating radar in 2009, but nothing was found there.

    Both of Donna's parents are dead, but three of her siblings still live in the local area. Foul play is possible in her case. It remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    North Carolina Missing Persons
    The Doe Network
    The Winston-Salem Journal
    The Davidson County Dispatch


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 25, 2016; age-progression updated.

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