Gloria Jean Barnes
Case Number 97-436534525 W. Chestnut Expressway
The truck stop where the victim’s body was discovered is located approximately one half mile off of Interstate 44 on the west side of Springfield. The truck stop is not visible from the Interstate and it does receive a lot of traffic. The perpetrator did not try to hide or conceal the victim’s body from being discovered.
The follow-up investigation revealed that Gloria Barnes was last seen alive in Joiner, Arkansas around midnight on 7/10/1997. According to the victim’s brother, Gloria called him on 7/11/1997 at approximately 1:45 a.m. and reported that someone was trying to get her. According to family members, Gloria had been paranoid in the past about people following her. The telephone call was later traced to a pay phone that was located on the parking lot of a convenience store in Joiner, Arkansas. This convenience store was burglarized on the same night as Gloria’s disappearance. There was an unconfirmed sighting of Gloria walking toward Interstate 55 approximately one mile west of Joiner. Joiner is a rural town located just off Interstate 55 near the Tennessee border.
The Springfield Police Department has received numerous leads and tips concerning Gloria’s death. Investigators are particularly interested in two Crimestopper tips that were called in anonymously shortly after the victim’s body was discovered. The investigators are also interested in CB traffic that was intercepted from an unknown person that claimed responsibility for Gloria’s death. Additional information received involved a gray semi truck possibly providing a ride to Gloria shortly before her death. The truck reportedly had the word “Graceland” on the cab and a picture of “Elvis” on the fairing. Additionally, the name “Memphis Consolidation” and/or “Trailer Transit” was displayed on the doors of the semi truck cab.