Shelly Sue Turner

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Above Images: Turner, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 30, 2006 from Dayton, Ohio
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 29, 1968
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Turner wears contact lenses or plastic-framed eyeglasses. Her hair was waist-length at the time of her disappearance, with bangs. She has a Caesarean section scar on her abdomen.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Turner was last seen with friends at Slugs Tavern in the 1900 block of Smithville Road in Dayton, Ohio on September 30, 2006. There may have been a minor altercation between her fiance and ex-boyfriend at the tavern that night. Turner has never been heard from again. Her fiance, Harold Barker, later returned to Turner's mother's house alone. He said he and Turner had been leaving Slugs Tavern when Shelly saw someone drive up in a gray Pontiac Grand Am. Shelly called out, "Hi, Bill," went over to the car and began talking to the man. She then went back to Barker, took off her engagement ring and gave it to him, then got into the Pontiac with Bill and rode away. Barker said that was the last time he saw her; she has never been heard from again.

    Turner left behind all her belongings, including her Ford Explorer, her last paycheck and her two sons, one of whom was an infant. The only thing that disappeared with her was her debit card, and there's been no activity on that card since she went missing. She was in good health at the time of her disappearance and had purchased pumpkins to carve for Halloween. In 2009, Barker was charged with her murder.

    At Barker's August 2009 trial, two witnesses testified he had told each of them he killed Turner. Barker allegedly told someone he had murdered Turner, dismembered her body and buried it in a barrel. He also said he wanted to commit suicide because he'd done. Another witness, a female acquaintance, said Barker told him Turner accidentally died during an argument with him and he hid her body. A Slugs Tavern bartender stated that, shortly before Turner's disappearance, Barker confided that he was going to do "something bad" which could return him to prison. The same bartender said Barker and Turner had seemed happy together and told her they were engaged, but one of Turner's coworkers said she wanted to end her relationship with Barker. Barker was convicted of murder, assault and evidence tampering. He was sentenced to 28 years to life in prison.

    Turner was employed at the Valley Thrift Store in the 1700 block of Woodman Drive in Kettering, Ohio at the time of her disappearance. It's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning. Her body has never been found, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Barker
    Above: Harold Barker

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Dayton Police Department
    937-333-2677

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    Source Information
    Dayton Daily News
    ABC 22
    WHIO Dayton
    WDTN 2
    The Supreme Court of Ohio
    Ohio Attorney General's Office

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 1, 2015; picture and date of birth added.

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