Barbara Jean Pauley Hunt was 21 years old when she was last known to be alive. On January 17, 1985, Barbara’s sister-in-law happened to see her as they were both walking along Main Street in Marion, Virginia. Barbara was visibly upset, as she was supposed to be reporting to jail later that day to inform on her friends and she didn’t want to.
Later she was seen in a local bar called ‘Club Cafe’ which was also on Main Street in Marion. Other patrons that were there at that time said that she appeared to be “doped up” and left with four other women, who subsequently returned without her.
That evening, her parents grew concerned and went looking for her, with no luck. She left behind a small child at the time of her disappearance.
In 1995 her boyfriend Roger Dale Dunford was arrested and charged with her murder, but the jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision.
Smyth County Virginia Sheriff’s Office 276-782-4056 Case# SA97JC
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