Name: Barbara Kettell Rushton
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: August 29, 1984
Location Last Seen: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Date of Birth: October 22, 1938
Age: 45 years old
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: She has Type I diabetes. Her ears are pierced ears. She may wear glasses or contact lenses.
Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Not available
Clothing: Light-colored blouse and gray gym shorts.
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Barbara Kettell Rushton left her home on Old Forest Road in Vestavia Hills to play cards with friends. Her husband watched her drive away in her white 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit. A short while later her friends called to say she hadn't arrived. Her husband called the police and a search was launched. Neither she nor her car has ever been found.
Authorities interviewed family, friends, and coworkers and dug deep into her life. She had resigned her job. Coworkers told investigators they had seen her and her husband arguing the day before she disappeared. Her daughter told investigators that her mother wasn't behaving normally before she left for her card game - she had a blank stare and was upset and crying.
Over the next days and weeks, authorities did ground and aerial searches. They flagged her Social Security number, but it, along with her credit cards, has never again been used. About $4,000 in her bank account also went untouched.
Because she was a type I diabetic who didn't have her insulin when she left home, some think she might have wandered away in with diabetic amnesia. She was eventually declared dead.
Agency Name: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 205-325-1450
Agency Case Number: 83082922
NCIC Case Number: M106897762
NamUs Case Number: 2686
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 10/15/15
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.