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Darleta was last seen in St. Albans, West Virginia on December 10, 1986, when she left her son's home and drove her own apartment on Kanawha Terrace. She has never been heard from again. Two days after her disappearance, her shoes and eyeglasses were found outside on the lawn of her apartment building.
Darleta's estranged husband Robert Lee Hurt, a former West Virginia State Trooper, is considered a suspect in her disappearance. He had allegedly threatened her and Darleta reported this to the police. She disappeared five days before a scheduled court hearing regarding their divorce. They had separated in April 1986 and Darleta filed for divorce in November, citing irreconcilable differences. They had agreed on a settlement where their house and five acres of their 24-acre property off Poplar Fork Road would have been sold and the profits divided, and Robert was going to buy out Darleta's share in the remaining acreage.
Robert committed suicide in July 1987. At the time of his death, he was a suspect in the shooting of a state trooper. After his death, authorities searched his horse farm for her body, but they found nothing. Darleta's case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd and foul play is suspected.