Amber Barker has been missing since December 18, 1997 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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This case is tearing me up! They found some blood on a shoe, but it wasn't enough to test at the time. Have they mentioned if the sample is still available? I'd love to hear if they are able to sample it today with the new technology available.
Coward.On December 18, 1997, ten year-old Amber Barker was last seen at 6:00 PM, leaving a friend's house on her blue ten-speed bicycle. She was riding her bicycle from the 3000 block of NW 45th Street and Drexel Boulevard in Oklahoma City. Amber had just called her mother and said she was riding to their home at 3119 NW 39th Street. Her bicycle was later found next to a tree in Denniston Park near NW 27th Street and Drexel Boulevard, one mile from her home. Amber’s shoes were found near NW 12th Street and Drexel Boulevard on December 20th. A ring, sweater, and sock were found along Drexel Boulevard between NW 45th Street and NW 12th Street. Investigators stated that her shoe with a speck of blood, hair, and fiber evidence were discovered near Amber’s possessions. There were blue fibers and vomit on her sweater.
Police and FBI agents were seeking Amber's brother-in-law, for questioning shortly after she disappeared. He was found on December 22nd, after he committed suicide. Witnesses told police that Daniel Smith, 24, was at Amber's house just minutes before she called to speak with her mother. Smith was also wanted for a probation violation in connection with a kidnapping conviction in November of 1996, in Oklahoma City. Daniel Smith was found hanging from a tree at Ray Trent Park in Del City, on December 22nd, four days after Amber disappeared. . The interior of his pickup was blue. Daniel Smith was the common-law husband of Amber's sister, Debbie Gail Barker.
Amber's father, Robert Barker, and her brother, Eddie Barker, told police Amber had informed them Daniel Smith had tried to force her into his pickup truck on December 17th. Amber was a fourth-grade student at James Monroe Elementary School at the time of her disappearance. Her family stated she was not having any personal problems and she did not have a history as a runaway.
Amber's home at 3119 NW 39th Terrace, Oklahoma City
Amber's bicycle was found in Denniston Park, Oklahoma City.
Daniel Smith was found in Ray Trent Park, I-40 and Sunnylane, Del City.