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Old 01-28-2011, 03:25 PM
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MO - Jennifer Barden, 9, Gallatin, 1 May 1982

Browsing old Missouri newspapers I read about the kidnapping of Jennifer Barden from Gallatin in 1982. It is unclear from the newspapers if her body was ever found. It was widely considered she was kidnapped and killed by an escaped rapist, Billy D. Wilson. He was shot to death some days following the kidnapping. Moreover, a skull was found in 1984. It was first considered to be Barden's, but it was ruled out by an anthropologist (unclear why). Does anyone know if those cases were ever solved? Barden doesn't appear on missing person web sites. No unidentified remains match the skull.

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Old 01-29-2011, 11:04 PM
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Welcome to Websleuths, Madea2

CourtTV did a dramatization for Jennifer's case in 2006. Her body was never found but she was presumed murdered. Tests on the child's skull found by mushroom hunters were inconclusive. More at link:

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Old 09-14-2011, 11:10 PM
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More infos. My first post was slightly wrong; the ID of the skull was positive.




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Old 04-21-2012, 08:22 PM
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30 Years ago...

In a few days, this case will be 30 years old. Has anyone seen any other summaries or updates?
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:12 PM
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I've spent a couple of hours researching this and a couple of other cases, and can't find anything current about Jennifer Barden.

Since her skull was identified and LE thinks the killer was later shot and killed while burglarizing a home, I guess there isn't much current interest in this poor little girl.
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