10 years ago...
Amber Renee Barker
Missing since December 18, 1997 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing
Date Of Birth: October 14, 1987
Age at Time of Disappearance: 10 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'11"; 65-70 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes. Front part of hair in a ponytail on the top of head and the rest of it left straight down. Pierced ears.
Clothing: Blue or black jeans, long-sleeved beige shirt with a brown collar, and No Excuses tennis shoes.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Amber Renee Barker was last seen leaving a friend's house on her bicycle about 6 pm near Northwest 45th and Drexel in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 18, 1997.
She had just called her mother on the telephone and said she would be home soon. Police found her bicycle in a park near Northwest 27th and Drexel on December 19, 1997 and her shoes near Northwest 12th and Drexel on December 20, 1997.
Police and FBI agents were seeking Amber's brother-in-law for questioning shortly after she disappeared, but he was found on December 22, 1997 after he committed suicide. He was also wanted for a probation violation in connection with a kidnapping conviction in November 1996 in Oklahoma City.
Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Oklahoma City Police Department
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
NCMEC #: NCMC841456
NCIC Number: M-084085341
Please refer to these numbers when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
North American Missing Persons Network
Oklahoma City Police
The Doe Network: Case File 1834DFOK
A ring, a sweater, a sock and a tennis shoe belonging to Amber were found later along Drexel between NW 45 and NW 12.
It says that Jane Doe was found with socks. One sock of Ambers was found though. I bet this is one they already ruled out, although I do not know.
From the above article:
The one i posted isnt recent - it saysSo i wonder if they will be checked against thisThe victim was discovered on June 22, 2000 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Information sought on missing child
EDMOND — Authorities are seeking information on Amber Renee Barker, who was born Oct 14, 1987. Amber went missing Dec. 18, 1997, from Oklahoma City. Now the white female with brown hair and brown eyes is age 21. Amber’s photo, above at right, is shown age-progressed to 21 years.
Bumping case up...
Mystery surrounds the recent death of Amber Barker's sister:
And on the topic of Amber herself, according to another of her sisters:Perry's mother, Bonnie Barker, doesn't think her daughter is a storm victim. The dead woman's sister, Debbie Villines, doesn't think so, either.
In fact, Barker fears something far more sinister may have happened to Perry, who she said battled drugs and abusive men for most of her adult life.
Just a month ago, Perry's ex-boyfriend “cut her throat and beat her up real bad,” Barker said.
Now, her daughter is dead. Her body found in a shallow ditch surrounded by clothes.
“She's not a storm victim,” Barker said. “I don't know if she committed suicide, I don't know if somebody killed her ... I don't know what happened.
“But she didn't die in a storm.”
Read more here.“The guy that's responsible never got charged, he got away with it,” she said. “He's still alive, too.”
Villines declined to name the man, saying she has relayed her suspicions to homicide detectives, but that they declined to pursue the lead.
“I told the detective who I thought did it — and he agreed,” she said. “But he never did anything about it.”
I did an Up to the Minute thread for Brandie Kay Perry's possibly mysterious death:
[ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=211552"]OK -Mystery of storm victim sparks memory of younger sister who disappeared in 1997 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]
http://www.news9.com/story/27872994/...res-his-theoryBoth police and the family suspected Daniel Smith, Amber's brother-in-law, knew something about her disappearance, but he committed suicide. “Yeah, I definitely think he's responsible,” said Bonnie Barker during that 2008 interview. “I believe there's somebody else involved besides him that knows something.”
That's why Oklahoma City police requested DNA samples from Forrest Jay Rice. Rice admitted to police that Smith was at his apartment the night Amber disappeared, and was with him that day. He also admitted he was with Smith the day he committed suicide.
Rice, who also goes by the name of Steven Brent Henley, has a long criminal history. He is currently an inmate in the Oklahoma City Community Corrections Center.
Investigators with their Crimes Against Children unit have been going over every piece of evidence with a fresh set of eyes to see if there was something that was missed the first time. In court documents, there were three names mentioned of men police have interviewed. Daniel Smith, Forest Rice, and Joseph Bishop were the men interviewed. News 9 talked to Bishop Friday by phone...
Bishop was dating Amber Barker's older sister Brandi at the time and admitted they had a rocky relationship. He said what happened to Amber most likely was taken to the grave with Daniel Smith. Smith was Amber's brother-in-law and committed suicide, just days after police questioned him about her disappearance.
"I was 19 at the time. I still have nightmares” said Bishop. “Then they let him go and three days later they found him hanging dead in the park.”