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Case File 1765DFVA

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Barbara Jean Monaco
Missing since August 20, 1978 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: August 19, 1960
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'4"; 110 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, shoulder length hair; brown eyes.
  • Clothing: Long sleeved, yellow shirt; blue jeans; a brown belt and wooden clogs.
  • Medical: She had just been sick with Guillane-Barre syndrom. Hairline fracture to her left arm (10-12 years of age). Blind in one eye (unknown which eye).
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available
  • Nickname: BJ

Circumstances of Disappearance
On August 20, 1978, Barbara Monaco drove to the beach from Derby, Connecticut with her older sister. The girls registered at the Old Aloah Motel on 15th Street. They planned to stay for a week.
In the wee hours of August 23, Barbara Jean left her sister and set out on foot for Peabody's where she had a date with a bartender. Somewhere along Pacific Avenue, she vanished. Witnesses told police they saw her get into a car.
The spring after her disappearance, an informant came forward, seeking a reward. He told of local guys who drove Barbara Jean to a cottage near Oceana where they raped and strangled her. They dumped her body in the water, he said. The informant reportedly passed a police polygraph test, but prosecutors declined to offer him immunity in return for his testimony because they thought he was involved in the killing.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Virginia Beach Police Department

Agency Case Number: 1978-085134/NamUs MP# 947

NCIC Number: M278495193

NCMEC Number: NCMA1161976
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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