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Raleigh police probe suspicious death

Posted June 28, 2009
Updated June 29, 2009

— Police continue to probe the death of a 60-year-old Raleigh woman found in her 3939 Wake Forest Road apartment on Saturday.

Police seek clues in woman’s death Police seek clues in woman’s death

Officers found the body of Patsy Eason Barefoot around 10 a.m. after a family member reported not being able to contact her. Investigators are not releasing the cause of her death at this time.

Investigators posted fliers and talked to Barefoot’s neighbors Sunday as they looked for clues into her death. Her silver 2002 Ford Focus is missing.

"They (police) just wanted to know if I had seen the lady’s car. Unfortunately, I hadn't seen it recently. I wasn't able to give them any good information,” neighbor Kyle Liestman said.

Valinda Barnes said Barefoot, who was her friend and co-worker at Fresh Market, was a fun-loving person who had some tough times this past year. One of her sons died recently and she was waiting on an organ transplant, Barnes said.

“I’m just blow away, just remembering our good times together,” Barnes said. “Please speak up. It's our friend. (It's) somebody’s mom, grand-mom."

A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she heard strange sounds coming from Barefoot’s apartment the night before her body was found.

"Right now, I’m scared because I don't really know what happened,” the woman said. “I heard this loud thumping … it was loud enough to wake me up."

Investigators dusted the apartment for fingerprints and continued to look for evidence Sunday.

Anyone with information that could help officers locate the car, with N.C. license plate RNY-5847, or provide other information that might assist the investigation is 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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  • Caring Jun 29, 2009

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • catalyst74 Jun 29, 2009

    Country Squire - The investigation is on-going and perhaps Patsy's COD is not something they are releasing at this time due to still not having enough information about any possible leads or suspect(s). They will get the the one(s) responsible, it is only a matter of time.

  • celestemary Jun 29, 2009

    why arent they releasing the cause of death?

  • concerncitizen Jun 29, 2009

    That's true, darlenerivera2000 and kbo80. We don't always think something bad when noises wake us during the night? Most of the time when something like that happens, if we were sleep, we' re not sure where the noise came from? So what would we tell the police if we called? Most of us go through life without losing a neigbor this way! In the country today, if you are a wake and you know where the noise came from you should call the police!

  • chasityhamm Jun 29, 2009

    people are M E A N !

  • shortcake53 Jun 29, 2009

    There are far too many stories in the news lately of older women living alone being victims. We all need to watch out for our neighbors and family members and not be afraid to check out suspicious things. My heart goes out to this womans family.

  • luv2teachnc Jun 29, 2009

    This is so sad! To the Barefoots and friends, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • wcumom Jun 29, 2009

    You could call the police just because you hear a "bumping noise" and the next day your same neighbor could possibly take revenge out on you.That's why people mind their own business.

  • dlentz2 Jun 29, 2009

    I feel so bad for this family. Patsy lost one of her sons last year and now her other 2 sons have to deal with losing her. So sad.

  • sssh.. whisper Jun 29, 2009

    This woman's family is in my prayers. I hope they find out what happened soon and the perp(s) are caught!