Sondra Denise Barrington

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Above Images: Barrington, circa 2002

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 10, 2002 from Arcadia, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 20, 1982
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4 - 5'6, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Barrington has a medium complexion. Half the nail is missing on each of her big toes. Some agencies give her eye color as brown.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue and green hospital scrubs, a gold rope necklace, a matching bracelet, blue/green hospital scrubs and a silver ring with an X on top on her right hand.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Barrington was last seen at her place of work, Desoto Memorial Hospital, which is located at the 900 block of North Roberts Avenue in Arcadia, Florida. She clocked out of work at approximately 6:00 p.m. on October 10, 2002, and has never been heard from again. She may have been seen at 6:30 p.m. at a road constructon site along U. S. Highway 17, near Carson Street within DeSoto County, but this sighting has not been confirmed.

    On October 11, the day after Barrington's disappearance, her silver four-door Kia was found stuck and abandoned three miles from the hospital, northbound on Highway 17, near where she was allegedly seen. Her purse and most of her other personal belongings were inside but her pager and car keys were missing. Her parents reported her missing that same day.

    In July 2004, over a year and a half after Barrington disappeared, authorities charged her boyfriend, Thomas Jessie Crews Jr., with second-degree murder in connection with her case. Crews and Barrington have a young son together and shared joint custody of him at the time of her disappearance. They had a tumultuous relationship and police had been called to their residence more than a dozen times to investigate complaints of domestic violence. They had been ordered not to contact one another but both of them continually violated the orders. Barrington was scheduled to testify in court against Crews on October 11, the day her car was found. Authorities believe Crews killed Barrington the night of her disappearance and dumped her body somewhere in Hardee County, Florida. He was convicted of her murder in September 2006 and sentenced to life in prison. A photograph of Crews is posted below this case summary.

    Barrington resided on Platt Road in Wachula in Hardee County at the time of her disappearance; that county's authorities are handling the investigation and agencies name Wachula as the place of her disappearance. Although her remains have not been found, foul play is strongly suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Above: Thomas Jessie Crews Jr.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hardee County Sheriff's Office
    863-773-0304

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    DeSoto County Jail Inmate Information
    Hardee County Sheriff's Office
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Sun and Weekly Herald
    NamUs
    Florida Department of Corrections

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 25, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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