Barbara Sue Laster
Laster, approximately 2002
Date reported missing : 12/08/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 40 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 145 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gray t-shirt, a green sweatshirt and green sweatpants.
Medical conditions : Laster was involved with drugs at the time of her disappearance. Caution is advised when approaching her.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Laster has a scar on her right knee and a mole on her upper lip. She has a tattoo on her left shoulder and a tattoo of the letter L on her right shoulder.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Laster was last seen in the 6600 block of Harmony Grove Road in Hopkinsville, Kentucky on December 8, 2002. She has never been heard from again.
Laster's mother did not report her missing until January 2003, as she has left without warning many times before. She may have traveled to the Nashville, Tennessee area shortly after her disappearance; there was a possible sighting of her at a truck stop there on January 12, 2003.
Authorities believe Laster may have died of a drug overdose after her disappearance. She and her friends had reportedly agreed that if any of them overdosed, the others would hide the body so no one would get in trouble. Her body may be buried or may have been dumped in a well. Laster's case remains unsolved.
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Kentucky State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
Kentucky State Police
The Evansville Courier & Press
The Messenger Online
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October 12, 2004. March 21, 2011; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.