Barbara Jean Paciotti

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Above: Paciotti, circa 1969

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 14, 1969 from Hibbing, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 11, 1949
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 98 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Paciotti's nicknames are Barb and Barbie. She is of Italian and Serbian descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A rust-colored jacket, a red plaid dress, loafers, and rings set with jade and topaz stones.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Paciotti was a resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1969. She was visiting her parents in Hibbing, Minnesota on June 14, 1969 when she was last seen near Sammy’s Pizza downtown, just after midnight. Paciotti's roommate saw her get into a green 1964 Oldsmobile driven by Jeffrey Dolinich, whom she was dating at the time. The vehicle belonged to Dolinich's father. Paciotti has never been heard from again.

    When questioned about Paciotti's case in 1969, Dolinich claimed they had argued in his car and he left the vehicle as a result. When police searched his car, they found Paciotti's purse with her identification inside. One of the purse's straps was detached. The officers who questioned Dolinich noticed clothing stained with grass and mud lying on the floor of his apartment. They subsequently searched the residence, but his muddy shoes and pants had already been taken away by his mother. Investigators recovered the shoes, but not the pants.

    Dolinich threatened to commit suicide after Paciotti's disappearance and was hospitalized for observation. He sent a cryptic, remorseful-sounding letter to her parents shortly after she was last seen. In the letter, he stated he had hit Paciotti and later he woke up without her in Mora, Minnesota, and he believed she was deceased.

    The investigation in Paciotti's disappearance was reopened in 2005 and Dolinich was named as the only suspect in her case. He was reinterviewed by authorities, hired an attorney refused to cooperate further in the investigation. Several searches in and around property formerly owned by Dolinich have turned up no evidence in Paciotti's case, and he never faced charges in her disappearance. He is now deceased.

    Paciotti's family does not believe she would have left voluntarily. Authorities believe Paciotti met with foul play and is deceased, but there is as yet insufficient evidence to charge anyone in her disappearance. She was employed as a secretary for an investment firm in 1969. Her father and sister died in 1977 and her mother in 2004, but her brother is still alive. Paciotti's loved ones held a memorial service for her in 2008. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hibbing Police Department
    218-263-3601

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
    The Hibbing Daily Tribune
    Spotlight on Crime
    Fox 21 News

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 29, 2014; details of disappearance updated.

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