MP of the week: Barbara Johnson-Willard

This week’s featured missing person is Barbara Ann Johnson-Willard, a 29-year-old woman who disappeared from Jay, Oklahoma on June 17, 1996. She is white, 5’5 and 105 pounds, with pierced ears and scars on her nose, forearm and abdomen. Her nickname is Bobbie.

This is a murder-without-a-body case; authorities believe Barbara was killed by a coworker, John Lee Weeks. He was charged with her murder in 2011, but the charges were later dropped. Weeks is currently serving time in Kansas for sex crimes and isn’t due to be released until 2037. So he’s not going anywhere and perhaps could be brought up on charges again in Barbara’s case.

Whether or not he was involved in this case, somebody definitely hurt Barbara. As the casefile explains:

Shreds of clothing were inside the car’s trunk and gasoline tank. Blood and skin tissue samples discovered inside the trunk were matched to Johnson-Willard’s DNA; the body fluids found corresponded to a deceased person. Transmission fluid had been poured over the vehicle, but the car was not ignited.

I hope everyone is doing well. Unfortunately I’m still not feeling very well; I’m very tired and find myself struggling to stay awake at my desk when I try to work.

4 thoughts on “MP of the week: Barbara Johnson-Willard

  1. Craig B November 30, 2022 / 5:22 pm

    I hope you’ll start feeling better soon, Meghan!

  2. Vincent November 30, 2022 / 9:48 pm

    What I don’t understand about the circumstances of this disappearance is this: How on earth did shreds of Ms. Johnson-Willard’s clothing get inside her car’s gas tank? Did the perpetrator shred her clothes and then stuff the shreds inside the gas tank to dispose of them? Maybe that’s how some people think after they murder someone. Seems strange, though.

  3. laurenthian December 1, 2022 / 10:05 am

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Meaghan!

  4. Sonya December 4, 2022 / 12:48 am

    I hope you get better soon, Meaghan. 🙂

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