Missing Since: June 18, 1959 from Perdido Bay, Alabama
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: December 12, 1954
Age: 4 years old
Height and Weight: 3'0, 50 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Barter's nickname is Danny.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: Only gray boxer shorts.
Details of Disappearance
Barter was last seen playing near the banks of Perdido Bay, Alabama at 9:30 a.m. on June 18, 1959. He resided in the 1700 block of Thrush Drive in Mobile, Alabama at the time, and had gone camping at Perdido Bay with his parents, some of his six siblings, an uncle and two cousins. He apparently wandered away from the rest of his family while his parents were preparing some fishing equipment. His mother began searching for him ten or fifteen minutes after she last saw him, but was unable to locate him. He has never been heard from again.
The area Barter disappeared from is swampy and infested with alligators and snakes. Authorities investigated the theory that the child had been attacked by an animal. They even killed and gutted two alligators to look for human remains, but found no evidence of such an attack. His mother stated he did not like the water and she does not believe he would have gone into the bay voluntarily. An extensive search of the region, on both land and water, turned up no sign of Barter or his remains. After the search turned up no evidence, investigators looked into the possibility that Barter was abducted, but they were never able to find any clues supporting this theory.
Barter's parents and siblings moved to Texas after his disappearance. His parents have died, but his brothers and sisters are all alive and still hope his case may be resolved.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Baldwin County Sheriff's Office