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Police: Dead woman's missing car spotted in Florida

Posted July 8, 2009
Updated July 9, 2009

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— Police say the vehicle of a Raleigh woman at the center of a death investigation was spotted in Florida.

The body of Patsy Eason Barefoot, 60, of 3939-133 Wake Forest Road, was found dead in her home last month. Police ruled her death suspicious, but have not released the cause of death.

Barefoot's silver 2002 Ford Focus was missing. Police said Wednesday that they believe the vehicle was driven from her apartment complex at approximately 6:30 p.m. on June 26.

The vehicle, with N.C. license plate RNY-5847, was driven to southern Florida shortly afterward, and the driver of the vehicle was reported to be a white man, police said.

Police would like to speak with anyone who might be able to provide information about the possible identification of the vehicle’s driver. That person could be someone who left the Raleigh area at about the time of Barefoot’s death and remains away, or it could be someone who left this area and returned.

If you have any information that might assist the investigation, you are urged to call the Raleigh Police Department’s Detective Division at 919-996-3555 or Raleigh Crime Stoppers at 919-834-HELP.

Crime Stoppers pays case rewards for information that help solve cases.


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  • shortcake53 Jul 9, 2009

    Do they HAVE the car, or was it just sighted?

  • dlentz2 Jul 9, 2009

    Why would she let someone have her car that was not a close friend or relative? Why do they keep saying it wasn't a robbery? It has been along time for someone to have borrowed her car for a trip or vacation and not have come back. They need to call it what it is and quit beating around the bush.

  • Joani P. Jul 9, 2009

    I hope this case is resolved soon. RIP dear Lady.

  • GroupOfPricklyPears Jul 9, 2009

    "Crime Stoppers pays case rewards for information that help solve cases."

    I believe cash rewards was intended in that sentence, not "case rewards"

  • diana123 Jul 9, 2009

    what a beautiful place she lived at, so peaceful looking; sheesh! no one is safe. poor poor woman.

  • SweetB Jul 9, 2009

    It just gives me the creeps. Glad they found the car, now maybe it will not be long for the police to get them.

  • Mitch Jul 9, 2009

    There's always a Florida connection. That's why I left there 5 years ago and never looked back. I shudder when I see those plates up here.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM Jul 9, 2009

    thats all south florida is these days a place where people who have f'd up somewhere else in the country go