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July 11, 2013
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Grass Valley woman missing since Sunday

A longtime Grass Valley resident has been reported missing by concerned friends after she failed to meet up with them Sunday.

Wilma Barnhart, 74, lives alone at a mobile home park on Primrose Lane, said Sheri Anastasio. She was supposed to spend the night Sunday either at Anastasio’s Lake Englebright home or the residence of another friend off Rattlesnake Road.

But Barnhart did not show up at either house, even though the power to the park was set to be turned off Monday.

“The last she was heard from was Sunday,” Anastasio said. “It’s not like her.”

Barnhart reportedly used her debit card at several locations Sunday, including the bank, the gas station and Rite Aid. But the “avid bowler” did not show up for her regular Wednesday session.

“It’s unusual; it’s out of character,” said Grass Valley Police Capt. Rex Marks. “But there is nothing to suggest foul play.”

Grass Valley Police Det. Sarah Carpenter, who is handling the missing-persons case, said Thursday afternoon that the California Highway Patrol has done a flyover of the areas Barnhart was believed to have traveled and saw no sign of her vehicle. Yuba County authorities have been contacted, as well, Carpenter said.

Barnhart is described as 5-foot-4, 180 pounds. She wears glasses and takes medication for a thyroid issue, Anastasio said. She drives a brown 1999 GMC Envoy, license plate 4DMJ032.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Grass Valley Police Department at 530-477-4600.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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