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Police: Dead woman's missing car spotted in Florida

Posted July 8, 2009 10:39 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2009 8:02 a.m. EDT

— 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.

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