His name was never in any report. We didn't even know he existed,' Mohave County assistant prosecutor Jace Zack said Tuesday
The man grew suspicious after he began receiving text messages and voice mails from Walmart telling him that Anita Townsend’s prescription was ready for pickup
Gibson, a former cocaine and meth addict, provided a written statement to authorities last month.
'Only the good Lord knows what that night was all about, but I'm deeply sorry for that night,' he wrote. 'For years now, I have weeped (sic) over this and it has been heavy on my soul.'
His lawyer said the feeling propelled Gibson to drive about 1,800 miles this summer from Vilas, North Carolina, to Winslow, Arizona, where he went to police.
But detective Alicia Marquez, with the Winslow Police Department, told the Charlotte Observer that Gibson grew paranoid that someone had found out about the murder.
Gibson did not know the name of the woman he killed, so he concluded that Anita Townsend must have been the victim, and that someone was playing games with him.
When he was sent an envelope containing an ad from Walmart but no return label, he came to believe that someone has put ‘a contract on his head.’
Last June, Gibson got behind the wheel of his car in North Carolina and raced across the country without rest until he arrived at the Winslow Police Department, where he finally came clean about the crime.
Brown's body was found years ago in thick bushes along the river. She had multiple skull fractures. Her husband had reported her missing several days earlier.
Gibson provided information that fit Brown's death, according to Bullhead City police. Authorities said he told them he and the 38-year-old woman had argued because she refused to leave his home, that he hit her with a flashlight and dumped her body after she died from the injury.
The two weren't romantically involved, Zack said.
The 1997 death of Barbara Leone Brown, from Arizona, in the Colorado River town of Bullhead City in western Arizona has agonized Gibson, who has found religion, his attorney Ron Gilleo said.
I took my boys mini golfing yesterday. We were waiting on the family ahead of us to finish their hole. It appeared to be a grandma, mom, dad, and 5ish year old girl. The girl was up hit the ball. The grandma said, "Great hit Barbara." It caught me off guard. So much so that I figured I heard it wrong but she called the little girl Barbara multiple times throughout the day.
Barbara was popular in the past. It was in the top 100 from 1913 to 1976. It was in the top 5 and top 10 for a while throughout that period but now ranked 946. It is falling out of the top 1000. I thought it was interesting. I know a lot of older names are coming back but Barbara has been on the down swing for a while. What other names have you heard om young kids that surprised you?
Not the one we see when Tony gets shot, the one we see seasons 1-3.
Her body is mad ripe.
(First real post, so be gentle with me.)
She was 69, but don’t let that fool you. She was an avid explorer. Barbara Thomas was neither weak nor frail. She vanished wearing a black bikini, a red ball cap, and hiking boots while trekking a 2-mile trail in the Mojave desert.
Barbara and her husband Robert were hiking in Mojave National Reserve, not far from Interstate 40 and Kelbaker Road, in July 2019. The area is south of Las Vegas, and the couple lived in Bullhead City, just to the east. The area was not foreign to them.
Robert states that he stopped to take a photo while Barbara walked on ahead. He thought she had gone ahead to the car, but she wasn’t there. Arriving at their RV across the road, he discovered that it was still locked and she was not there. He states that he called for her with increasing panic. Unable to locate her, he called police.
Barbara carried no phone or ID. (She was in a bikini. Where would she put them?) A search by the sheriff’s department turned up nothing. Robert declared that she must’ve been abducted by a motorist. He failed a lie-detector test, but blamed his failure on lack of sleep. Granted, those tests are not always reliable, and his nerves must’ve been a mess. So that’s utterly inconclusive.
On November 27, 2020, local hikers found her body in the same general area where she’d gone missing.
No cause of death has been released, as far as I could find. Speculation has naturally led people to be suspicious of Barbara’s husband, who declares his innocence.
Does anyone know anything about this case? Have you heard of it? What are your theories? Since she was found in the same general area she went missing in, if she was truly just lost, wouldn’t she have answered Robert when he was calling out to her? The area wasn’t far from where the car was parked, and even if she was injured, she would surely have been able to make it to a road. Or am I wrong? Did she faint and die of heat stroke? Wouldn’t he have seen her? Why couldn’t he find her? What really happened?
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