Celia Darlene Barnes is a U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran who went missing on September 1, 2002 while hiking with her sister in Gold Hill, Oregon. In January, 2002 Celia Barnes was diagnosed with lymphoma, a cancer of the blood, and was undergoing chemotherapy treatments. Celia Barnes was not carrying her medication when she went hiking and this medication would have been required to keep her alive for an extended period of time in the woods.
On September 1, 2002, Celia Barnes and her sister set out on a hike near the 6000 block of the right fork of Sardine Creek Road. They were in the area of the “House of Mystery” in Gold Hill, Oregon when the two sisters decided that they would split up to look for aluminum cans. The two sisters were supposed to meet up at Celia’s sister’s car. Celia Barnes never arrived at the car and has not been seen or heard from since. This is not the first time that Celia Barnes had got lost while hiking and Celia had apparently become angry with her family when they sent out search parties to look for her in the past. Because of this, the family waited 30 hours to report her missing.
Celia Barnes was 53 years old at the time she went missing in 2002. Celia is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighed 110 pounds. Celia has brown hair and blue eyes, but her hair was very short at the time due to the effects of the chemotherapy treatments. Celia has been known to wear a wig, but it is unknown if she had the wig with her at the time she went missing. Celia walks with a limp and has several scars to include a scar on her forehead near her widow’s peak, several scars on her back and a scar behind her right ear. At the time she went missing, Celia Barnes was wearing a white tank top, sage green pants and worn athletic shoes with a green fanny pack. Celia was also wearing her bi-focal glasses with light tan frames.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Celia Darlene Barnes, contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Dept. at 541-774-6813 reference case # 02-14863 (NamUs MP # 866)