Barbara Eleanor Hoover

Above: Barbara, circa 2003


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 11, 2003 from Silver Springs, Nevada
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 20, 1936
  • Age: 66 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2, 160 - 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Barbara has a mole on her left cheek. Her ears are pierced. She has surgical scars from a hysterectomy, an appendectomy, and gall bladder removal.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Black stretch pants, dark-colored socks, black velour-type sneakers, a wedding ring set with baguette stones, and gold or diamond stud earrings.
  • Medical Conditions: Barbara suffers from a bladder disorder and is supposed to take daily medication for it. She may also have been depressed at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Barbara's husband, Bob Franklin Hoover, says Barbara packed two suitcases of clothing and left their home in the 5100 block of Tamarack Street in Silver Springs, Nevada on the morning of September 11, 2003, while her husband of 47 years was at the bank. She was reportedly depressed and angry because the entirety of her father's inheritance had been left to her brother. Barbara told Bob she was going to the coast to live with friends. He says she took several thousand dollars and a year's supply of her bladder medicine with her, but did not take her car, a 1989 Pontiac Firebird.

    Bob claimed he maintained occasional contact with Barbara after her disappearance; he says he spoke to her on the phone and met her at a Jackson, Nevada coffeeshop in 2005, and that she used his health insurance. He has not produced any proof that these encounters took place, however.

    Barbara was reported missing by her son. Her loved ones say it is uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning or to travel alone. She is described as a timid, reclusive woman. While there is no evidence of foul play in Barbara's case, she is considered to be endangered. Barbara's children believe she was murdered, as it is uncharacteristic of her to be out of contact with them for so long. Bob believes her friends in Merced, California may be helping her hide. The couple lived in Merced for several years before moving to Nevada. Barbara's case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lyon County Sheriff's Department



    Source Information
    KNRV Reno
    The Reno Gazette-Journal
    The Child Seeks Network
    The Ledger Dispatch


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 9, 2005; Clothing/Jewelry Description added, details of disappearance updated.

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