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Friends hope to keep Barbara Waldron's memory alive

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- On the anniversary of her close friend's disappearance, Loren Hunt wants  people to remember that Barbara Waldron is still missing. 

It's been 16 years this Thursday since Barbara vanished and 8 years since her killer got out of prison.

"All roads lead of course to one person, so I don't know if I'll ever know where she is," Lorene Hunt said. 

It was May 2002 when Hunt and another close friend, Liz Marcum called police. They couldn't reach Barbara. 

KOIN 6 News obtained photos of what the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office found when they searched Barbara's NW Portland house.

Barbara's car was in the garage, even though she didn't live there anymore. She had driven back to discuss the finances of her separation from husband David Waldron. 

Photos show a pond where detectives searched for her body and spots of blood on the bedroom wall. Other photos show some of Barbara's belongings behind books.

"Finding her purse behind the library... She carried that purse everywhere," Hunt said. "She wouldn't have left that there and then gotten in a car with anybody else."

After three years of searching, Barbara's family agreed to allow David to plead no contest to charges related to her death -- without having to say what happened to Barbara's body. 

"I do not want to put my family, particularly my children, through the ordeal of a trial," David said in 2005. "And because of this, I am pleading no contest to manslaughter in the second degree."

David has been out of prison since 2010. Several people, including those involved in a real estate deal with David, told KOIN they believe he is living with or near his adult daughter at her house in Bothell, WA near Seattle. They have not responded to multiple attempts to request an interview. 

"It must be difficult for a family member whose mother has disappeared and the evidence points to the father and how do you process that, and how do you accept that?" Hunt said.

Hunt hopes by continuing to talk about Barbara it will keep her memory alive and maybe one day the mystery will be solved.

Even if Barbara's body is found, prosecutors couldn't charge David Waldron with murder because of the plea deal and double jeopardy.


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