VA VA - Barbara Monaco, 18, Virginia Beach, 20 Aug 1978

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  1. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Barbara Jean Monaco
    Missing since August 20, 1978 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: August 19, 1960
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 110 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, shoulder length hair; brown eyes.
    Clothing: Long sleeved, yellow shirt; blue jeans; a brown belt and wooden clogs.
    Medical: She had just been sick with Guillane-Barre syndrom.
    Dentals: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    On August 20, 1978, Barbara Monaco drove to the beach from Derby, Connecticut with her older sister. The girls registered at the Old Aloah Motel on 15th Street. They planned to stay for a week.

    In the wee hours of August 23, Barbara Jean left her sister and set out on foot for Peabody's where she had a date with a bartender. Somewhere along Pacific Avenue, she vanished. Witnesses told police they saw her get into a car.

    The spring after her disappearance, an informant came forward, seeking a reward. He told of local guys who drove Barbara Jean to a cottage near Oceana where they raped and strangled her. They dumped her body in the water, he said. The informant reportedly passed a police polygraph test, but prosecutors declined to offer him immunity in return for his testimony because they thought he was involved in the killing.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Virginia Beach Police Department
    757-427-4101

    Source Information:

    HamptonRoads.com/PilotOnline.com
    Crime Solvers
    The Doe Network: Case File 1765DFVA

    Link:

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1765dfva.html
     
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  3. shadowangel

    shadowangel Black cats consider me unlucky.

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    This case, and the other two listed, brings to mind the murders of Lynn Seethaler and Janie Pietropola, both 19. The two were vacationing in Va Beach when, on June 30th of 1973, their bodies were discovered in the cottage they had rented in Farrar's Tourist Village (10th St and Atlantic Ave). Both had been shot, strangled and stabbed. Pietropola had been sexually assaulted; Seethaler had not.
    The case is still carried by the Va Beach police as unsolved.

    When viewing the VA Beach Police website, I was surprised at the number of unsolved murders---More than 60 cases.

    http://www.vbgov.com/vgn.aspx?vgnex...010VgnVCM100000870b640aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default (Va Beach PD site)

    http://www.crimesolvers.com/crime/Seethaler_Pietropola Homicide.php (Va Beach Crimesolvers website)
     
  4. rosario

    rosario New Member

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    thats a great point....i used to vacation there as a child in the 80's (im 35) and i remember watching the area change not for the good, i know they are trying to renovate the boardwalk, their is such an enormous military population and their just seems to be a large transient community
     
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  6. Kat

    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    Barbara has been missing 32 years today. Come home soon. Prayers for your family.
     
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    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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    http://hamptonroads.com/2010/10/va-beach-joins-national-effort-solve-missing-persons-cases

    October 4, 2010

    More at link.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/947/0/
    NamUs Profile:
    Dental: Available and entered
    DNA: Sample submitted-tests not complete
    Fingerprints: NA

    https://identifyus.org/cases/102
    Barbara ruled out as UID Jane Doe
     
  8. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    This case is still unsolved. It seems to be one of many similar cases in the Virginia Beach area.
     
  9. Satch

    Satch Well-Known Member

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    The Charley Project has more details on the case here:

    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/m/monaco_barbara.html

    It seems that the main suspect in the case, as said above stopped cooperating with authorities, because he was not granted immunity from prosecution. Charley Project said that he agreed to take a polygraph test, but committed suicide outside his apartment only hours after making the statement. Wow!

    Note that this is different from the post above that says the informant reportedly passed a polygraph test. Or maybe Charley Project is referring to a second polygraph test, which the informant never took, before taking his own life.

    Satch
     
  10. Richard

    Richard Active Member

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    Barbara has been missing for 35 years...
     
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    Richard Active Member

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    I wonder if this case is in any way connected with the disappearance of Judy Ann Sylvester 19 months earlier (January 1977), also from Virginia Beach.
     
  12. wvugirl2007

    wvugirl2007 New Member

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    I mentioned on the Judy Ann Sylvester thread how I was starting to wonder if this case, Judy's, another missing and 3 unsolved murder cases in the same area, in the same time period with similar victims could be related. I shared links to those cases on Judy's page.
     
  13. JusticeWillBeServed

    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    Mother deserves to know what happened to daughter who vanished in Virginia Beach 39 years ago

    https://pilotonline.com/news/local/columnist/kerry-dougherty/mother-deserves-to-know-what-happened-to-daughter-who-vanished/article_51c971ca-029e-5b26-bc7a-4dc27c711abb.html

     
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    JusticeWillBeServed Well-Known Member

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    It was a different person of interest. The one who went to police in 1979 died last year.

    https://pilotonline.com/news/local/columnist/kerry-dougherty/mother-deserves-to-know-what-happened-to-daughter-who-vanished/article_51c971ca-029e-5b26-bc7a-4dc27c711abb.html

     
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    Jim_M Honest American Bison (Buffalo)

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