Barbara Jean Flake wasnít known to leave her house on the old No. 6 Mine Road in the small Jenkinjones community without telling her family and friends.
Thatís why her son grew concerned about his motherís well-being after not hearing from her in more than a week. Billy Flake searched for his mother on Tuesday, April 9, 2002, only to find an empty and undisturbed house. His motherís pocketbook was still in the house, but she was nowhere to be found. [...]
Two long years passed with no additional leads in the search for Flake, who was still considered a missing person. However, on the morning of March 3, 2004, troopers with the Welch detachment were contacted by a woman who said her son had stumbled upon a human skull in the woods near her home on Trussell Hollow, also in the Jenkinjones community. The human remains were located approximately 310 feet away from the western roadway edge. [...]
The remains were later sent to the National Museum of Natural History in hopes of securing a positive identification. Morton said officers received a response from the national museum on April 7, 2004. A forensic anthropologic analysis determined the human remains were that of Barbara Flake.
The case that had went cold was reopened ó this time as a homicide investigation.