Details of Disappearance Barrick was last seen walking her Pomeranian dog on Laurel Ridge Road in rural Mammoth Cave, Kentucky on April 12, 1996. She had a short conversation with a local resident at approximately 2:00 p.m. She has never been heard from again.
Barrick's neighborhood mostly consisted of vacation homes; she only had two permanent neighbors. One of her neighbors reported her missing three days later, after realizing she hadn't been out to walk her dog in several days.
When the police went to Barrick's home, the lights were off and the doors were all locked, but there were indications of a struggle. A sofa in the living room was pushed out of place and the living room carpet was bloodstained. In the bedroom, the bed's fitted sheet was missing and the other bedclothes were piled on top of the mattress, bloodstained. A glass that normally sat on the nightstand was on the floor. The amount of blood present at the scene was small, not enough to indicate death.
There was no sign of Barrick. Besides her fitted bedsheet, the only other item missing from inside her home was her clutch purse. Her dentures were soaking in their container and there was a burned-out cigarette on the bathroom shelf. The lights were turned off, and Barrick's dog was locked in its crate. She normally took the trash out every evening; the bag of trash was found on top of her kitchen counter.
The $400 in cash Barrick kept in her freezer was still there, but the key she normally kept hidden in a fake rock outside her house was missing. Her truck was parked nearby with the house keys inside it, and the truck keys were inside the house. It appeared as if Barrick had been getting ready for bed when her nighttime routine had been suddenly interrupted.
Barrick is a widow and lived alone at the time of her disappearance. She enjoyed fishing and growing roses, and she is an accomplished seamstress who made her four children's clothes when they were young. She was reportedly dating a younger man, but her family didn't know the man's name.
According to her family, the fact that Barrick had taken her dentures out prior to her disappearance indicates she wasn't expecting anyone to come visit; she never let anyone see her without her dentures. In spite of this, both her loved ones and the police believe she was attacked by someone she knew. Her family suspects a handyman she had hired. This person has not been publicly named, and authorities haven't said whether he is a suspect, but they said they had a suspect, someone who left the area right after Barrick went missing.
Foul play is suspected in her case, which is being treated as a homicide. Authorities believe her body may be buried in a shallow grave in the woods near her home.
- Kentucky State Police
- Bowling Green Station
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 15, 2021; clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.