MP of the week: Barry James Kephart II

This week’s featured missing person is Barry James “Bucky” Kephart II, an eleven-year-old boy who disappeared from Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 22, 1981. This is an exceptionally sad case, an all-but-confirmed child abuse homicide at the hands of his father, Barry Kephart Sr.

Unfortunately, charges can’t be filed in this case because at the time of Bucky’s disappearance, New Mexico had a fifteen-year statute of limitations on that type of crime. The statute of limitations no longer exists, but for Bucky it expired in 1996.

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8 thoughts on “MP of the week: Barry James Kephart II

  1. marsyao April 25, 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Is there a statute of limitations for homicide in the state of New Mexico?

    • Meaghan April 25, 2017 / 4:12 pm

      I think the issue is that the little boy’s death was considered some degree of manslaughter, not first-degree murder, and there was a statute of limitations on manslaughter.

  2. Kat April 25, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Yeah, cause beating your kid to death qualifies as manslaughter. WTF. That poor kid, no justice at all. Wonder where the rest of the kids are.

    • Meaghan April 25, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      It might be manslaughter if you’re blackout drunk. Mr. Kephart claimed he was so drunk that night he couldn’t remember what happened, and no one can prove otherwise. It goes to intent.

  3. Kat April 25, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    PLEASE. He can claim till he dies, but I don’t buy it. What a load. IF he’s sorry, or remembers a thing, then where is Barry?

    • Meaghan April 26, 2017 / 12:46 am

      In a landfill. Bucky’s parents made sure not to report him missing until the dumpster was emptied.

    • Meaghan April 26, 2017 / 12:47 am

      I’m not saying I buy it either, I’m just explaining the problems with prosecuting this case.

  4. Sheri April 26, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I’m glad you’re featuring this. Maybe he’ll never face justice, but the more people know what this man did, the more likely he’ll be shunned by those who know about it. At the very least, he should never be able to live a life of anonymity. He was such a beautiful looking little boy.

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