Barbara Ann Johnson-Willard
Johnson-Willard, approximately 1996; John Weeks
Date reported missing : 06/17/1996
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 29 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 105 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black and white two-piece swimsuit, size medium shorts cut up the sides, and size 8 or 8 1/2 turquoise shoes with designs on them.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Johnson-Willard's ears are pierced and she has scars on her forearm, nose and abdomen. Her nickname is Bobbie. Her maiden name is Johnson and some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies may refer to her as Barbara Willard.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Johnson-Willard was last seen at her family's residence in Jay, Oklahoma on June 17, 1996. She watched movies with her niece, when left to go to her own rented mobile home. She has never been heard from again. Five days later, her family realized she was missing. She had not been to work, picked up her paycheck, or taken care of her dog since June 17.
Johnson-Willard's maroon and gray 1986 Mercury Cougar was discovered abandoned near a brush-clogged ravine in Delaware County, Oklahoma on June 27, ten days after her disappearance.
Shreds of clothing were inside the car's trunk and gasoline tank. Blood and skin tissue samples discovered inside the trunk were matched to Johnson-Willard's DNA; the body fluids found corresponded to a deceased person. Transmission fluid had been poured over the vehicle, but the car was not ignited.
A white pickup truck was seen in Johnson-Willard's driveway on June 17 and was originally thought to have something to do with her case, but it turned out to belong to her neighbor's landlord. Bloodhounds were unable to track the scent of anyone leaving her mobile home.
In June 2011, fifteen years after Johnson-Willard's disappearance, authorities charged John Lee Weeks with first-degree murder in her case. Weeks, a coworker of Johnson-Willard's at the Simmons Industries poultry processing plant, is originally from Arkansas. He was in prison in Kansas serving a fifty-year sentence for unrelated Gender : crimes at the time he was charged.
A photo of Weeks is posted with this case summary. Investigators stated he'd been a suspect from early on in the investigation, and they had fingerprints and DNA evidence from Johnson-Willard's car to implicate him.
However, in 2014, the murder charge against Weeks was dropped for lack of evidence. He was returned to Kansas to resume serving his sentence. His earliest release date will be 2037.
Johnson-Willard was adopted as a child. She left behind two daughters. The investigative file into her disappearance disappeared in 2001, but was found under unknown circumstances in 2005 in a storAge at the time of disappearance: room in the Delaware County jail. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance due to the circumstances involved.
Other information and links : ncy
Delaware County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Barbara Ann Johnson-Willard: Gone, But Not Forgotten
The Joplin Globe
News on 6
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