AR AR - Darla Harper, 25, Little Rock, 4 March 1986

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  1. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    20 years ago...

    Darla Melissa Harper
    Missing since March 4, 1986 from Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: July 2, 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 25 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3", 110 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown eyes; light brown hair.
    Marks, Scars: She has a 1-1/2 inch burn scar on the left elbow and a small scar on the right cheek.
    Clothing: She was last seen wearing a pull-over shirt and jeans.
    Jewelry: Diamond "horseshoe" shaped ring, diamond cluster ring, Necklace with a "teardrop" shaped diamond pendant.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Harper's neighbor heard noises at 11:00 pm, March 3, 1986 but did not investigate. The following day Harper failed to report to her job at IRS and a co-worker checked but found that she was missing from her Gravel Ridge apartment. She has not been heard from again. Her two-year-old daughter was left behind. There was blood on the front door of Darla's apartment.

    One of the only clues was a set of finger prints found in her abandoned car, which was located in a commuter parking lot near Crystal Hill nine miles away from her apartment, shortly after Harper's disappearance.

    According to Darla's mom, she had just gone through a divorce four months earlier. Darla's daughter was 2 and-a-half- years-old when her mom disappeared in 1986. Authorities have followed hundreds of leads over the years. In 1990, investigators searched the back yard of Harper's ex-husband (the house Darla lived in prior to her divorce) and found a bone fragment, but couldn't match it to Harper.
    The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department is still investigating this case.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact: Pulaski County Sheriff's Office 501-340-6601

    Agency Case Number: 86-03487
    NCIC Number: M-187616677
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    Nations Missing Children Organization
    Kark TV
    KTHV
    KATV Channel 7 - 2/3/05
    The Doe Network: Case File 168DFAR

    Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/168dfar.html
     
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  3. Richard

    Richard Well-Known Member

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    Bumping this case up it has been over a year since it was origionally posted here. Although there have been 212 viewings, there have been no postings.

    It would seem that with a set of prints and blood evidence, a re-investigation should be conducted. Since she was a Federal employee, maybe the FBI could take jurisdiction.

    Here is an updated Link:
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/168dfar.html
     
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    25 year old Darla Harper disappeared in March of 1986. Her 2 and a half year old daughter was found in their apartment alone in Gravel Ridge. Harper’s case is one of several cold cases being revisited by KARK. Leslie, Harper’s daughter, made statements at the time that she “saw mommy in a bag” and that “three men came in funny hats.” Leslie Bourne, now 23, told KARK she still remembers some things, but is not certain if they are her own memories or versions of what she’s been told through the years. “Growing up I always wondered why they left me there,” says Bourne.

    http://arkansasmatters.com/content/fulltext/?cid=62626
     
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    Update KARK 4 News "Darla Harper -- 21 Years Later" 2007, Text and Video at link
    http://arkansasmatters.com/content/fulltext/?cid=62626
    There have been several persons of interest over the years. In 1990, investigators searched the property of Harper’s ex-husband after his current wife made a statement that Harper was buried there. Bone fragments were discovered, but medical examiners could not positively identify them as human. “The case was complicated,” says Mel Nixon, Darla’s mother. “A neighbor came forward 5 months after Darla disappeared and claimed to have actually been an eye witness to Darla being abducted. She involved some people working on the apartment, doing some painting.” Investigators worked on that lead and others through the years, but no one has ever been arrested.
    . . . New DNA technology could provide more clues.

    Websleuths Thread
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=37361&highlight=Darla+Harper
     
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    Darla Melissa Harper
    The Charley Project
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/h/harper_darla.html
    The Doe Network
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/168dfar.html
    Case File 168DFAR
    Darla Melissa Harper
    Missing since March 4, 1986 from Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas.
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Harper's neighbor heard noises at 11:00 pm, March 3, 1986 but did not investigate. The following day Harper failed to report to her job at IRS and a co-worker checked but found that she was missing from her Gravel Ridge apartment. She has not been heard from again. Her two-year-old daughter was left behind.
    There was blood on the front door of Darla's apartment.
    One of the only clues was a set of finger prints found in her abandoned car, which was located in a commuter parking lot near Crystal Hill nine miles away from her apartment, shortly after Harper's disappearance.
    Darla had just gone through a divorce four months earlier. Darla's daughter was 2 and-a-half- years-old when her mom disappeared in 1986. Authorities have followed hundreds of leads over the years. In 1990, investigators searched the back yard of Harper's ex-husband (the house Darla lived in prior to her divorce) and found a bone fragment, but couldn't match it to Harper.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pulaski County Sheriff's Office
    501-340-6601
     
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    Dig set in old case of missing Ark. Woman

    SHERWOOD, Ark. (AP) - Police plan to dig in woods in Sherwood in hopes of finding clues in the disappearance of an Internal Revenue Service worker 23 years ago.
    Police obtained a court order to dig up what they believe is a shallow grave, located about three miles from where 25-year-old Darla Harper lived before she went missing. Harper's co-workers at the IRS, where she was a personnel clerk, reported her missing March Fifth, 1986, after she failed to show up for work….”


    Source:
    www.wxvt.com/Global/story.asp?S=9871149&nav=menu1344_2
     
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    http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Cold...uA.cspx?rss=315
    Cold case lead turns up nothing
    Reported by: LaTresha Woodruff
    Email: lwoodruff@fox16.com
    Last Update: 2/21 10:05 am

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    A hot lead in a cold case turned cold again late Friday. Police spent the day digging up what appeared to be a shallow grave not far from where 25-year-old Darla Harper went missing from her apartment back in 1986.

    A man walking his dog found what appears to be a grave in the woods near a Sherwood neighborhood. If they find human remains, the Harper case is the first they'll look at. Sherwood police and Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies and the county coroner spent the day digging and sifting through the suspicious mound.

    Lt. Cheryl Williams with Sherwood Police says it was suspicious enough to treat it as a crime scene, “There's no way of knowing until we get down there and see what's in there.”

    Pulaski County investigators were especially interested in this site because they thought it may hold clues to the disappearance of Hopper. But after 8 hours of digging and excavating 24 inches they discovered nothing.

    Copyright 2009 Newport Television LLC All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
     
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    http://www.fox16.com/news/local/story/Cold...uA.cspx?rss=315
    Cold case lead turns up nothing
    Reported by: LaTresha Woodruff
    Email: lwoodruff@fox16.com
    Last Update: 2/21 10:05 am

    Print Story | Email Story

    A hot lead in a cold case turned cold again late Friday. Police spent the day digging up what appeared to be a shallow grave not far from where 25-year-old Darla Harper went missing from her apartment back in 1986.

    A man walking his dog found what appears to be a grave in the woods near a Sherwood neighborhood. If they find human remains, the Harper case is the first they'll look at. Sherwood police and Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies and the county coroner spent the day digging and sifting through the suspicious mound.

    Lt. Cheryl Williams with Sherwood Police says it was suspicious enough to treat it as a crime scene, “There's no way of knowing until we get down there and see what's in there.”

    Pulaski County investigators were especially interested in this site because they thought it may hold clues to the disappearance of Hopper. But after 8 hours of digging and excavating 24 inches they discovered nothing.

    Copyright 2009 Newport Television LLC All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
     
  11. Richard

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    March 4 marks the 23 year anniversary of the disappearance of Darla Melissa Harper.
     
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    Dig Set In Old Case Of Missing Woman
    Last updated Saturday, February 21, 2009 5:23 PM CST in News
    By The Associated Press
    Email this story Print this story Comment on this story SHERWOOD -- Police plan to dig at a wooded site in Sherwood in the hope of finding clues in the disappearance of an Internal Revenue Service worker 23 years ago.

    Police obtained a court order to dig up what they believe is a shallow grave, located about three miles from where Darla Harper, 25, lived before she vanished. Harper’s co-workers at the IRS, where she was a personnel clerk, reported her missing March 5, 1986, after she failed to show for work.

    Harper’s 2-year-old daughter was found alone in their Gravel Ridge apartment. She was not harmed.

    A petition for the court order describes the site as an earthen mound located on a downhill slope. The petition, filed by a Pulaski County attorney on behalf of the coroner, said a person discovered the mound while walking along a trail and told police. A police report on Harper’s disappearance accompanied the petition.

    Sherwood police spokeswoman Lt. Cheryl Williams would not comment on the case. County Coroner Garland Camper said equipment was being brought in from Texas to assist in the investigation.

    Authorities expect to begin the excavation within days.

    Harper was separated from her husband, Barry Harper, at the time of her disappearance. The day after she was reported missing, authorities found her mud-caked car abandoned at a commuter parking lot, nine miles from her home. Investigators said there was a small amount of blood found in her car and on the door of her apartment.

    Four years after her disappearance, authorities searched Barry Harper’s house in Sherwood. The six-hour search was concentrated under the house. No remains were found.

    http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2009/02/...roldmystery.txt
     
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    Darla Melissa Harper has now been missing for 25 years.
     
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    Darla has been missing 28 years now.
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/1143/0/
    tatus Missing
    First name Darla
    Middle name Melissa
    Last name Harper
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen March 04, 1986 00:00
    Date entered 12/12/2008
    Age last seen 25 to years old
    Age now 53 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 63.0
    Weight (pounds) 115.0
     
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