Katherine Sue Barnum

Above: Barnum, circa 1979


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 19, 1979 from Aurora, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 4, 1954
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 210 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Red hair, hazel eyes. Barnum wears eyeglasses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Barnum was last seen in Aurora, Colorado on September 19, 1979. She lived in an apartment near the 900 block of south Salem Street. Randal Francis Arnold, who had a record for theft dating back to earlier in the 1970s, had been living with her for about two months prior to her disappearance. Arnold said he believed Barnum went to California with an unidentified male and joined the Hare Krishna cult. She has never been heard from again. An informant told the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that Barnum's body had been dumped in a mine shaft near Central City, Colorado, but this hasn't been confirmed. Arnold is now deceased. Barnum's case remains unsolved and few details are available.


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


    Source Information
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation
    The Colorado Springs Gazette


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 16, 2016; casefile added.

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