North American Missing Persons Network
Sondra Denise Barrington

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Above Image: Barrington, circa 2002

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 9, 2002 from Wauchula, DeSoto County, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 20, 1982
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 5'4"-5'6"
  • Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown/Blue
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Half of a toenail
    missing on both big toes.
  • Clothing: Blue-green hospital scrubs.
  • Jewelry: Silver ring with an "X" on top worn on right
    hand, gold rope necklace with matching rope bracelet.
  • NCIC Number: M-602773857
  • Case Number: 02H07118

  • Details of Disappearance
    On October 9, 2002, Sondra left her place of employment at the DeSoto Memorial Hospital in Arcadia at approximately 6 p.m. She was last seen at approximately 6:30 p.m. standing outside her silver Kia, pulled off of U.S. Highway 17, just south of the Hardee County line, in a road construction site. The following day, the DeSoto County Sheriff's Office reported finding Barrington's car abandoned along Highway 17 in DeSoto County with her purse and other belongings still inside.

    Sondra was scheduled to attend a court hearing October 11th in Hardee County regarding a domestic violence dispute between her and Thomas Crews. Barrington never showed up. Crews and Barrington had a previous relationship that has been described as tumultuous. Court injunctions ordered Barrington and Crews to not have contact with one another. Both violated court injunctions. Crews was placed on county probation, which was violated several times resulting in Crews' incarceration. On the day Barrington was reported missing, Crews was scheduled to have another violation of probation hearing in which Barrington was expected to testify against Crews. Crews appeared at the court hearing and, in spite of Barrington's absence, was still convicted of violating his probation and sentenced to an additional week in jail.

    Through interviews and recovered evidence, special agents believe Crews killed Barrington on October 10, 2002, and dumped her body somewhere in Hardee County. For more than 18 months, investigators diligently gathered information and evidence and obtained testimony developing the probable cause necessary to obtain an indictment of murder for Crews by the 10th Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office in Hardee County.

    On July 22, 2004 The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, DeSoto County Sheriff's Office, and the Hardee County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Thomas Jessie Crews, Jr., 39, of Zolfo Springs, Florida. Crews was charged with the second-degree murder of Sondra Denise Barrington. He remains in Jail after his first appearance hearing under no bond.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
    (863) 993-4700
    Hardee County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information
    Hardee County Sheriff's Office
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    National Center for Missing Adults