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Barbara Ellen Brunson

Missing Person Case September 2021

Brunson, approximately 2008

Date reported missing : 08/04/2008

Missing location (approx) :
Sumter, South Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 66 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A brown and red shirt, blue jeans, red socks, black shoes and a purple scarf.
Medical conditions : Brunson suffers from dementia, schizophrenia, hypertension and diabetes, and she is mildly mentally disabled.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American female. Black hair, brown eyes. Brunson has missing front teeth.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Brunson was last seen in Sumter, North Carolina on August 4, 2008. She had been living at Greene's Residential Care Facility for about five years. That day she asked some staff for some hair products and said she'd wait for it on the porch, where residents of the facility often sat. She apparently walked away and has never been heard from again.
This was the fifth time in six months that Brunson had wandered away from the care facility; they had wanted to transfer to a more secure facility, but there were no openings. The police didn't realize she was missing until twelve hours after she was last seen, and an extensive search turned up no sign of her. Few details are available in her case.

Other information and links : ncy

Sumter Police Department
Sumter County Sheriff's Office

September 2021 updates and sources

The Item
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal
WIS 10
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