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    CA - Barbara Norton, 53, Mendocino County, 4 April 2014

    Barbara Lea Norton
    Date of birth: 30 April 1961

    Barbara is a white female, 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighing 130 pounds, with gray eyes and brown hair. She was 53 years old when she disappeared on 4 April 2014.

    Barbara is a longtime resident of Mendocino County. She is known to have given birth twice by 1986. She also has a troubled background; in December 1999, she severely stabbed a domestic partner and was charged with attempted murder. Disposition of this case is unknown.

    On 25 December 2009, Barbara was arrested on suspicion of using a controlled substance. Disposition of this case is also unknown.

    By 2014, Barbara had settled into a transitory existence. Although she lived with friends on property in the unincorporated area of Willits CA, (probably the suburb of Brooktrails) she would sometimes take off for days or weeks at a time. Although she had no vehicle, she was a notable pedestrian.

    By April, Barbara was stressed and depressed. She was broke and out of groceries. On 4 April 2014, she texted a friend with the message, “Take care”. That is her last known contact.

    On 8 April 2014, she was reported missing by the friend she had texted. LE searched Barbara's home and its vicinity. While unsuccessful in locating Barbara, the searchers did find her ID, cell phone, and purse in her residence. LE also interviewed a family member living on the property, as well as her neighbors and friends. Barbara is considered an endangered missing person.

    There seems to be two LE agencies investigating this case.

    The Willits Police Department may be contacted at 125 East Commercial Street, Willits, CA 95490, called at 707-459-6122, or emailed at WillitsPolice@co.mendocino.ca.us

    Information concerning this case may also be called in to the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Tipline at 707-234-2100. Their Investigative Services Bureau may be emailed at barneys@co.mendocino.ca.us. The Sheriff's Office can also be reached at 951 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.


    Ukiah Daily Journal, 17 August 1986

    Ukiah Daily Journal, 14 December 1999 https://www.newspapers.com/image/817...ra%2BNorton%22

    Ukiah Daily Journal, 25 December 2009 http://www.ukiahdailyjournal.com/art...NEWS/912309698

    Fort Bragg (CA) Advocate-News, 21 April2016 http://www.advocate-news.com/article...NEWS/160419995

    The Charley Project http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...n_barbara.html

    Mendocino County Sheriff's Officewebsite http://www.mendocinosheriff.com/missing/index.html
    Last edited by burblestein; 11-18-2016 at 03:00 PM.

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    Identifying features

    Barbara is also listed as missing on the CA Attorney General's website: https://oag.ca.gov/missing/person/barbara-lea-norton

    According to the AG's website, Barbara has multiple tattoos, including a skull on her right forearm and a ring tattooed on a finger.

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    Investigating agency

    According to the AG, the investigating agency is the Willits Police Dept at 707-459-6122. Barbara's case number is 14-03001.

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