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Missing Barbara Jean Martin
Barbara, circa 1958; Susan Margaret Martin; Virginia Martin; Donald Martin
Missing Since 12/07/1958
Classification Lost/Injured Missing
Age 48 years old
Height and Weight 5'4 - 5'10, 145 - 180 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A navy blue coat, a plaid jacket, a black print dress and black shoes with medium heels.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, blue eyes. Barbara's nicknames are Barbie and Bibi.
In February 1959, a searcher discovered tire tracks matching the Martins' vehicle heading off a cliff into the Columbia River, near The Dalles, Oregon. In May of that year, a river drilling rig near the site of the tire tracks hooked something heavy and metal on its anchor. Before the object could be pulled to the surface, it came loose. It may have been the missing Ford.
Police believe all the Martins either perished after they accidentally drove their car into the river, or possibly they were were abducted and were inside their car as it was pushed off the cliff. The only surviving member of the family was the oldest son, Donald, who was in the Navy and stationed in New York at the time of the disappearances. A photo of Donald is posted with this case summary.
Someone found a bloodstained gun in the Cascade Locks near an abandoned stolen car and turned the gun over to the sheriff's office. The gun was later linked to Donald; he had allegedly stolen it from a sporting goods store several years prior to his family's disappearance. It was never processed for evidence, however.
Investigating Agency / Department
The Dalles Police Department
Multnomah County Sheriff's Department