Sheriff declare's Delaware County missing woman victim of homicide

Monday, June 17th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Jay-AP) -- A sheriff's declaration has turned the case of a missing woman into a homicide investigation.

Sheriff Lenden Woodruff says he's at a disadvantage because the case files in Barbara Johson-Willard's disappearance are missing.

Johnson-Willard vanished from her home six years ago. Family members became worried when she didn't show up for a Fathers Day gathering.

An analysis of blood and other fluids found in Johnson-Willard's abandoned car indicates they came from a dead person. DNA evidence also suggests the missing woman was in the car and that she was dead.

Johnson-Willard's sister says the sheriff's decision does bring relatives some resolution.