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Family Frantic To Find Missing Raleigh Woman

Posted April 12, 2006

— A Raleigh woman is missing, with no signs of foul play. What is left is the pain of not knowing what happened.

Joe Barbee is consumed by the disappearance of his wife, Dawn, his partner for 30 years.

"It's hard to go another day not knowing where she is, and that she's safe," said Barbee. "It's life-altering, because the rest of my life, when I do get her back, will be spent appreciating my wife. Nothing's more important than that, nothing."

Dawn Barbee took her husband's car to Atlantic Avenue Tire & Service last Friday to have its wheels balanced. That is the last time her family saw her.

"My daughter had called me several times, because she was supposed to be getting up with her Friday afternoon," Joe Barbee said. "And she was supposed to have called my daughter, and she didn't."

Amanda Barbee believes her mother couldn't have left on her own.

"She tells me everything," Amanda Barbee said. "If she was upset about something, she would tell me. Through this whole thing, I keep wanting to call her and say something, and I remember I can't. And that's why I'm going through all this."

The family found the receipt from the auto repair shop at the home. One of the cars and some cash were missing.

Joe Barbee said he and his wife have a good relationship and that she has no medical or mental issues that would put her in danger.

"I thought, 'Did I run her off? Is it me? Is it my daughter? Is it a combination of both of us? Is it another man?'" he said.

So, the Raleigh businessman has put his company on hold while he waits by the phone, hoping it will ring with good news.

"This is my job for the rest of my life, that I'll find her," Joe Barbee said. "I must find my wife."

Dawn Barbee was last seen driving a 1997 silver Lexus with an N.C. State license plate with North Carolina license plate

S-6024

. The car also has a red N.C. State vanity plate on its front.

Anyone with information about Dawn Barbee's whereabouts is asked to call the Raleigh Police Department at

(919) 890-3555

.

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