Barbara McClure

Age: 24 at time of disappearance (69 today)
Ethnicity: White
Gender: F
Type of Crime: Suspicious Missing Persons
Date of Incident: November 2, 1978
Summary of Case:

Edmonds, WA: Barbara McClure was a fun-loving 24-year-old mother of three the night she disappeared on November 2, 1978. She and a group of friends went out to a restaurant that also housed a popular disco called Fandango. According to King 5 News, Barbara got into an argument with one of her friends and decided to walk home. Her residence was five miles away, in the 1500 block of northeast 89th Street. Her friends caught up with her walking in the 16500 block of Bothell Way northwest, about half a mile from the disco, and again they offered her a ride, but she refused and kept walking. It would be the last time anyone saw her. Just six days later on November 8th, Barbara’s driver’s license was recovered about 10 miles away from where she was last seen, laying on the access road of I-5 and HWY 405. Some, including Det. John Free with the King County Sheriff’s Office, have several questions about the ID and how it got there. One of Barbara’s nieces who was seven at the time, believes it was placed there intentionally.

In a 2023 interview with King 5 News, Det. Free remained hopeful that someone out there has the answers needed to solve Barbara’s disappearance, saying “I think that this is an investigation that can be solved by talking to the right people. I think somebody who knows her has information about her disappearance,” Free said. “And even if they don’t, we still want to hear from people that knew her.”

Barbara’s daughter Jamie doesn’t remember much about that night. She was 10 days shy of turning two years old the night her mother went missing. Jamie can only recall a lengthy stay at her aunt’s house and wondering when she’d see her mother again. Over 40 years later, Jamie is still searching for answers.

Season of Justice was able to support Jamie’s search with a 4-week long billboard campaign prominently located along Hwy 99 in Edmonds area near where Barbara lived and went missing. The billboard was installed on May 6, 2024 and will remain up until the first week of June. Barbara would’ve been celebrating her 70th birthday on May 19 2024. 

If you have any information about Barbara’s whereabouts or the person(s) responsible for her disappearance, please contact the King County Sheriff’s Office – Major Crimes Unit at (206) 263-2090 or submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound using the button below.

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