Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Katie's father drove her to 2745 McElroy Drive to spend the night with a friend.
Glenn Haslam Barker was charged with Katie's murder, and convicted of second-degree murder in 1983. He served 9 years in jail before being released on parole. Barker admitted in police interviews that he was present the night of Katie's disappearance. He came to visit Carrie Gates, the mother of Katie's friend, later in the evening on July 11. But when Gates turned him away, he didn't leave. Barker approached the two girls, and gained access to their recreation room through an outside door. Barker later admitted in police interviews he brought beer with him, and gave some to the two young girls. Afterwards, they went to bed. Barker stated he left at 12:30 a.m., after making sure Worsky, her friend and her friend's younger brother were asleep. Her friend woke up at 5:30 a.m. and realized Katie was missing. Her body has not been found. A rope of circumstantial evidence tied Barker to the crime, evidence that included blood stains from the home where Katie was last seen. And inside Barker's apartment there was more evidence. Police found blood stains on clothes hidden beneath his mattress. The clothes were wet, inside a plastic bag, and the stains were later found to match Katie's blood type. To this day Barker maintains his innocence, and never admitted any fault to his own defense attorneys.
Police spent weeks looking for a body. They called in specialized search dogs, scoured the Rivanna River, and combed through remote parts of Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
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Charlottesville Police Department