Select It Sunday: Teresa Barbusca

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.

12 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Teresa Barbusca

  1. whereaboutsstillunknown May 25, 2014 / 7:56 pm

    I’m pretty sure she’s on Facebook… I think I remember looking awhile back and seeing someone with her name that definitely looks like an older version of her…

    • Meaghan May 25, 2014 / 10:56 pm

      If you’re talking about this page: https://www.facebook.com/teresa.barbusca/ I’m pretty sure it was created by her family. One of the person’s FB friends is listed as Rose-Ann Barbusca; that’s Teresa’s mother’s name.

      • whereaboutsstillunknown May 25, 2014 / 10:59 pm

        Yeah, that is the page I was talking about… I thought she looked older in that picture though, and since she was a runaway, I thought it was most likely her. You could very well be right, though, I hadn’t considered that it may have been a family-created page.

  2. chris May 25, 2014 / 9:54 pm

    Well shes on facebook so I guess shes just hiding from her family for whatever reason…

    • Meaghan May 25, 2014 / 10:50 pm

      If she’s really on FB under her real name she’s not trying very hard to hide.

    • Meaghan May 25, 2014 / 10:57 pm

      See my above comment.

  3. JC May 26, 2014 / 1:03 am

    Happy birthday, Meaghan!

    • Justin May 26, 2014 / 10:40 am

      Meaghan’s birthday is October 5.

  4. Pamela May 26, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    Not sure what’s going on with the age progression pic on the Doe Network. Perhaps the artist reckoned she grew up to become a mime! Yikes.

    • Meaghan May 26, 2014 / 9:13 pm

      It’s just an out of date NCMEC age-progression. The newest one came out in 2011.

    • Angie May 27, 2014 / 9:55 am

      I came here just to comment that. Why did they make her look so fat and old? That looks like a 40 year old to me, not a 24 year old.

  5. jlo27916 May 27, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    That picture on FB looks way more recent and mature than that of the picture of her at a young age… weird. Can’t really see anything on it either :/

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