First Alert Weather Alert: Flood Warning expires at 9:30 AM on 4/24, issued at 9:30 AM Brunswick, GA | Jekyll Island, GA | Saint Simons Island, GA | Sea Island, GA

Medical examiner says Barbara Parchem died of blunt force trauma

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 5/01/2013 6:27 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The medical examiner has identified remains found in Flagler County as those belonging to Barbara Parchem, and that she died of blunt force trauma.

Parchem vanished April 5.  Police did a search around her home and there were no signs of any problems. Days later, Parchem's daughter told us something wasn't right.

It was another three weeks until Sheriff David Shoar said Parchem's disappearance was suspicious. Just four days after that human remains were found in Flagler County.

We asked the sheriffs office why it took so long to declare foul play when the undersheriff said he suspected Parchem's body could've been there for weeks.

"Every case is different. We didn't have other pieces of the puzzle to lead us that way," said Chuck Mulligan with the sheriff's office.

While its not the outcome anyone wanted, Parchem's co-workers are glad they have some closure.

"For them to find her as fast as did after released that's the best they could do," said GM of the Village Inn Matt Gleason.

Workers put up a sign on the front door to remember her.  It reads, "In loving memory of Lil' Barb."

A person of interest has been identified in the case, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. No one has been arrested.
1 Comment(s)
Comments: Show | Hide

Here are the most recent story comments.View All

The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Action News Jacksonville

nativejax - 5/1/2013 7:43 PM
0 Votes
I was hoping for a positive outcome for this family, now all I can do is pray for them. PLEASE ladies get a gun, get trained at ANY gun gallery and get your concealed weapons permit, it is the difference between life and death in this crime ridden city...and I will NOT be a victim or another statistic because some socialpath murderers THINKS they will try something like this with me.
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.