This week’s featured missing person is Barry Miles Pruett, who disappeared from Redding, California on January 5, 2008, at the age of 28. I’ve got two available photos of him: in one he is clean-cut, military even were it not for the goatee, and in the other he’s quite unkempt and looks like a homeless person.
There’s no reason to suppose Barry’s dead: although he hasn’t had contact with his family since his disappearance, he is known to have been alive (if not well) in El Paso, Texas in 2009 and 2010. El Paso is where he’d told his family he was heading, and it’s 1,346 miles from Redding.
Pruett suffers from the double whammy of both bipolar disorder (characteristic by drastic mood swings) and schizophrenia (characterized by psychosis) and may not even know who he is anymore. My guess is he’s living in a homeless community somewhere, perhaps even still in El Paso.
This one seems like it has a good chance of being solved with some ‘shoes to the ground’ investigative work. Might take months or so, but you should turn up something. You would have to start with his last known whereabouts and just go from there.
It seems that this post got tagged as Make-a-List Monday by mistake.
Megan, I know this is off topic, but I have a suggestion for a list if it hasn’t been done already: people who they think they’ve found an UID for, but can’t conclusively rule them out because DNA isn’t available. This would be a useful list, I think, and I can think of a few off the top of my head: Lynda Lee Bronaugh and Mindi Chambers, for instance. Just a suggestion.
Was he located? I noticed his Charley profile is gone.
It’s still there, it’s just that the site has been revamped and all the old links are broken. Here is Pruett’s profile now: http://charleyproject.org/case/barry-miles-pruett