Barbara Lea Norton
Norton, approximately 2014
Date reported missing : 04/04/2014
Missing location (approx) :
Mendocino County, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/30/1961 (60)
Age at the time of disappearance: 53 years old
Height / Weight : 5'1, 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, gray eyes. Norton has a tattoo of a skull on her right forearm, a tattoo of a ring around one finger, and possibly other tattoos.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Norton lived in an unincorporated part of Willits, California at the time of her disappearance. She sometimes went away on her own for days or weeks, but always took her purse and cellular phone with her. She didn't have a car.
At the time of her disappearance, she was under severe stress from having no money or food. Her last text messAge at the time of disappearance: was to on April 4. It said, "Take care."
Norton was reported missing on April 8. Police found her purse, cellular phone and ID inside her home; it would be uncharacteristic to leave them behind. There was no sign of her and she hasn't been heard from since. Little information is available in her case.
Other information and links : ncy
Willits Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
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October 12, 2004. February 23, 2019; Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.