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Case File 989DFTX


Juanita Elanor Bardin
Missing since May 17, 1993 from Vidor, Orange County, Texas.
Classification: Endangered Missing

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Circumstances of Disappearance
Bardin vanished from her daughter's home in Vidor, Texas in 1993. While her daughter was at work, Bardin signed on with the Gene Hammond Shows carnival and headed west. When the carnival came to town, Bardin met some of the workers. And without a word to anyone, on May 17, 1993, she was gone. Except for a diamond and sapphire ring her daughter had bought her for her birthday, Bardin left behind everything she owned.
It is believed that Bardin lived for a while with a woman in Johnson City, about 40 miles west of Austin. The woman and another friend of Bardin's told investigators that on July 4, 1993, Bardin dropped out of the carnival. On July 19, Bardin, who doesn't know how to drive, asked the two women to take her to a bus station outside Dallas. There she rented a locker and stored her belongings. The women claimed they hadn't seen her since.
In 1994, police got word that Bardin, who used to live in Phoenix, returned there to the St. James Hotel. An employee there at the time, told police he had seen Bardin in late February or early March of 1994. She may also have been seen by the same person, north of Phoenix in Cave Creek, Arizona sometime during 1997. Investigators received an unconfirmed tip that convicted murderer and former carnival worker Tommy Lynn Sells was seen with Bardin prior to her 1993 disappearance.

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

Vidor Police Department
Texas Missing Persons Clearinghouse

Agency Case Number: VM00693

NCIC Number: M-667579325
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Texas Department Of Public Safety
The Beaumont Enterprise

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