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St. Johns County woman has been missing for over a week

1:35 PM, Apr 13, 2013   |    comments
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate the disappearance of the woman that has been missing for a week now.

Barbara Parchem is a 67-year-old, white female, 5'3, 100-lbs, brown eyes, short-brown hair with blonde highlights.

She was last seen wearing a gray "hoodie", with dark pants and a dark colored shirt last Friday, April 5, 2013 in the early evening hours.

"I don't think she walked away. I think she got picked up," Parchem's daughter, Lillyann Chavez, told First Coast News. "That's my personal opinion on that."

Police have conducted searches by ground, air, and off road vehicles, according to reports.

"She's very close contact with me and my sister and my brother. Every day contact," said Chavez. "She's never not shown up for work. In all the time she's worked there. If she wasn't going to be there, she would call."

Police said, no foul play is suspected at this time; however, there is concern for her welfare based on recent medical events and family statements.

"This is unusual beyond norm for her," Chavez added. "There's a puzzle and the middle piece of that puzzle is gone."

Chavez said she wanted to clear up information online she said was inaccurate.

"She's not been found. The back yard was not covered in blood. There's been no ransom, suicide, any of that. Nobody knows nothing," Chavez explained.

One of Parchem's other daughters, Christina De Russo, told what she would say to her mother Sunday.

"I would tell her I love her. That we all love her and miss her and we just want to make sure she's safe," she said as she cried. "And we want her home."

According to detectives, Parchem's vehicle, a 2005 red Nissan Pathfinder, may have been used on the day she was last seen and was possibly used the following day as well (Saturday).

The Pathfinder has a heart in shoe polish on the rear passenger driver's side window.

Witnesses have told investigators that they saw Parchem's vehicle Friday afternoon in the area of CR 214 and CR 13 South (near Molasses Junction).

Friend's of Parchem are offering $500 to anyone who has information leading to Parchem being found.

If you can assist in this case or have had sightings of Parchem's vehicle please contact Detective Jeremy Russell at (904)209-2193 or Crime Stoppers (888)277-8477.










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