I decided that, since today is both Sunday on Memorial Day Weekend AND National Missing Children’s Day, this week’s Select It Sunday case would be selected by yours truly. I thought I’d do a child who disappeared on May 25. There weren’t many of those, and I didn’t want to do Etan Patz as he would be too obvious. So I picked Teresa Marie Barbusca, missing from Stockton, California since 1999. She was sixteen and a half.
The Doe Network has a little bit more about Teresa than I do, this information from a Sacramento Bee article that ran in December 1999. Her NamUs profile also provides additional information. I’ll have to update her case. She was last seen in Stockton, but actually lived in Sacramento with her mother’s cousin. She had supposedly been hanging out with street kids, drinking and using hard drugs at the time of her disappearance. Teresa’s mom decided to move to Sacramento to be with her, and Teresa was unhappy about it. She disappeared two weeks later.
There seems to be little doubt that she did in fact run away, at least at first…but what happened to her later on? She was living a risky lifestyle and she’s been missing for fifteen years without a word. I hope she’s still out there and will call home, or call the NCMEC hotline, and at least let them know she’s alive.
Teresa would be 31 years old today. She and I share a birthday.