Barbara Jean Monaco
North American Missing Persons Network
Barbara Jean Monaco

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Above Images: Right: age-progressed to 51 years. (2012)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 23, 1978 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 19, 1960
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
  • Weight: 110 lbs (50 kg)
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Medical Conditions: Blind in one eye (unknown which eye).
    Prior hairline fracture to her right arm.
  • Clothing: Long-sleeve yellow shirt, blue jeans, wooden clogs, brown belt.
  • AKA: BJ
  • Case Number: 1978-085134

  • Details of Disappearance
    Monaco and her older sister lived in Derby, Connecticut in 1978. Monaco had just graduated from Derby High School. They took a vacation trip south to Virginia Beach, Virginia on August 20, the day after Monaco's eighteenth birthday, and registered at the Aloha Motel on 15th Street. They planned to stay in Virginia for a week. Monaco was last seen at 1:00 a.m. August 23, when she left her sister and began walking to a bar called Peabody's, where she had arranged a date with a bartender. The bar was six blocks away from the hotel. Witnesses saw Monaco get into a car on Pacific Avenue; the vehicle reportedly contained four or five men. She never arrived for her date and has never been heard from again.

    An informant called ďCondorĒ told authorities in April 1979 that four men abducted, raped and killed Monaco. The men tied a cinderblock to her body and threw her into a pond. The information led to the discovery of the cinderblock and rope that was used in the attack.

    Itís believed Barbara Jeanís body resurfaced after she was killed, and was buried near the pond. One of the suspects in the slaying committed suicide in 2001, after being questioned by Virginia Beach police. Virginia Beach police havenít made an arrest largely because Barbara Jeanís body has never been found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Virginia Beach Police Department

    Source Information
    NH Register