North American Missing Persons Network
Celia Darlene Barnes

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Above Images: Left and Center: Barnes, circa 2002;
Far Right: Barnes, circa 1997

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 1, 2002 from Gold Hill, Jackson County, Oregon
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 28, 1949
  • Age: 53
  • Height: 5'2"
  • Weight: 110 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Bifocal glasses with
    light tan-colored frames. Scar on her forehead near her
    widow's peak, several scars on her back, and a scar behind
    her right ear. She has a light complexion and she walks
    with a limp. Very short hair; sometimes wears a wig.
  • Medical Conditions: Barnes was diagnosed with
    lymphoma in January 2002, and was undergoing chemotherapy.
    She was not carrying her medication or medical equipment. She
    would have needed them to survive in the woods for an
    extended period of time. May have become disoriented
    due to her medication.
  • Clothing: White tank top, sage green pants and tennis
    shoes. She carried a green fanny pack.
  • AKA: Goes by her middle name, Darlene
  • NCIC Number: M-122666933
  • Case Number: 02-14863

  • Details of Disappearance
    Barnes was last seen hiking near the 6000 block of the right fork of Sardine Creek Road, in the area around the "House of Mystery" in Gold Hill. Barnes had been diagnosed with cancer and before she started her next round of chemotherapy, while she was still feeling well, she wanted to go on road trip with her sister, Andy Mussen. She and Mussen separated to look for aluminum cans. They were supposed to rendevous at Mussen's car, but Barnes never returned.

    She had been reported missing before when she was lost while hiking, but was found safely and was angry at her family for sending out a search party. This time her family waited 30 hours before informing the authorities.

    Several people reported seeing Barnes in the days to come. On the day of the disappearance a man said he saw her in the woods and another witness said he saw her at the Valley of the Rogue State Park. Police dogs managed to track her scent to a nearby I-5 off-ramp. A week later, a man found a bronze ski pole Barnes had used for a walking stick. Authorities questioned him and he passed a polygraph test and is not considered a suspect in the case.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Jackson County Sheriff's Office
    Detective Dan Hobbs
    (541) 774-6800

    Source Information
    Jackson County Sheriff
    The Mail Tribune