Donna Michele Barnhill
Donna, approximately 1981; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 49 (approximately 2016)
Date reported missing : 03/18/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Lexington, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/19/1967 (54)
Age at the time of disappearance: 13 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 125 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A dark blue jacket, an orange sweatshirt and jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Donna has a mole or a birthmark on her right arm.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Donna left her family's residence in Lexington, North Carolina on March 18, 1981 at approximately 8:30 p.m. She was planning to walk to a friend's home nearby. She was last seen walking on Hemstead Street. Donna contacted her friend shortly thereafter, but she never arrived at the house and has not been heard from again.
Donna's older sister, Anita Barnhill, died in February 1966 at the Age at the time of disappearance: of two. Her family said she had fallen out of a high chair and hit her head, and her death was ruled an accident. In 1999, a reporter looking into Donna's disappearance became suspicious about Anita's death and urged police to reopen the investigation.
Authorities reclassified Anita's death as a homicide by child abuse. No one has been charged in connection with the child's murder, however. Police stated the investigation into Anita's death does not change Donna's missing persons case. They did search her former residence with ground-penetrating radar in 2009, but nothing was found there.
Both of Donna's parents are dead, but three of her siblings still live in the local area. Foul play is possible in her case. It remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Lexington Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Child Protection Education Of America
North Carolina Missing Persons
The Doe Network
The Winston-Salem Journal
The Davidson County Dispatch
Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. May 25, 2016; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.