http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1805dfmn.html Barbara Jean Paciotti Missing since June 14, 1969 from Hibbing, Minnesota Classification: Endangered Missing Vital Statistics * Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old * Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'11"; 98 lbs. * Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark brown hair; brown eyes. * Clothing: She was wearing a rust-colored jacket over a red plaid dress, a pair of loafers and rings of jade and topaz when last seen. ************************************************ http://www.hibbingmn.com/dailytribune/index.php?sect_rank=1&story_id=207696 Unraveling a mystery Kelly Grinsteinner The Daily Tribune Monday, December 12th, 2005 HIBBING — Local law enforcement authorities have released more information relative to the disappearance of Barbara Jean Paciotti in 1969, including naming their prime suspect. Former Hibbing resident Jeffrey Dolinich, 62, of Coon Rapids, Minn., has been formally identified as the last person to see Paciotti alive on the night of June 14, 1969. “As of now, we have no other suspects,” said Hibbing Police Chief Barbara Mitchell. “He was cooperating with law enforcement but has since retained an attorney.” The Hibbing Police Department announced late Thursday that it has resumed its investigation into the disappearance of the 20-year-old Hibbingite. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department have also been assisting in the case. Mitchell, along with lead investigator Dale Wright, said Friday that the case file has long been under review. But why now? “We felt there was more that we could do,” said Wright. “We had more leads and more people to talk to. We mainly tried to talk to different parties to see what they recall of that time period.” Investigation teams were deployed earlier this week to follow up the leads and conduct interviews. Among those questioned were family members and friends of Dolinich, his employer and co-workers, among others. Surviving members of the Paciotti family also have been involved. “We felt there was more that could be done with this case as far as investigation materials and new kinds of investigative technologies, such as DNA testing,” said Mitchell. “We are hopeful that with the evidence was have in the case and these types of new technologies, we can bring this case to a close.” Paciotti and Dolinich were said to be dating at the time. She was last seen in downtown near Sammy’s Pizza (now the Mane Salon), where a close friend watched her get into a 1964 Oldsmobile being driven by Dolinich. Paciotti was residing in Minneapolis at the time but in town visiting her parents, Betty and Fabian Paciotti, for the weekend visit and in celebration of Father’s Day. She had been working as a secretary for an investment firm for about a year. According to earlier newspaper articles, Paciotti had planned to meet with a former boyfriend that Friday evening. While driving around with her close friend, the pair came across Dolinich in the downtown area and bypassed him. Hours later, Dolinich walked up to their vehicle while paused at a downtown stoplight and began talking with Paciotti. She went with Dolinich just after midnight and was never seen again. Later that day, officers of the Minneapolis Police Department were called by Dolinich’s family members to check on his welfare. He was living in an apartment in Minneapolis and had returned some time that day. Dolinich was located by law enforcement a few blocks from his apartment shortly thereafter. According to reports, a short chase ensued. Dolinich was soon apprehended and returned with officers to his apartment. While being questioned, Dolinich told officers that he and Paciotti took a ride around 1:30 a.m. He said they had an argument, which prompted him to exit the car. A specified location of the stop was not given. Dolinich went on to tell officers that he recalled hitting Paciotti once, and that he was sure she was dead. He remembers waking up in Mora, Minn., but not where he left Paciotti.