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Dorothy Barnett

Real Name: Dorothy Lee Barnett
Aliases: Lee Barnett
Wanted For: Abduction
Missing Since: April 24, 1994


Details: Dorothy Lee Barnett and Benjamin Harris Todd met in 1987 in Charleston, South Carolina. They began dating the fall of 1990 and within a few months, Dorothy had moved in with Benjamin. He claims that Dorothy had two sides to her: a bright and vivacious side when she was out in public, but a dark and moody side when she was with him, and she also had several temper tantrums. The couple married on December 28, 1991, and in the first few months they were happy, but Dorothys outbursts soon began and turned into violence. One night, Benjamin remembers awaking to find Dorothy banging her head on the wall for no apparent reason, and he had enough and in October of 1992 he filed for divorce. On May 6, 1993, Savanna Catherine Todd was born and a battle of visitation rights soon began.

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Savanna Todd

A representative from the court was asked to protect the baby's interests. Dorothy and Benjamin both went under psychiatric evaulations; Dorothy was determined to bi-polar disorder and Benjamin was given full custody while she was given visitation rights every other weekend. On Friday April 22, 1994, Dorothy picked up Savanna from Benjamin's mother's house for her fifth visit and on Saturday, Dorothy asked a friend for a ride to downtown Charleston. She and Savanna have not been seen since. Dorothy was helped in her flight by the Children of the Underground, which was an organization that helped mothers take their children away from supposedly abusive husbands, although Benjamin Todd denied this. There have been several sightings of Dorothy and Savannah since 1994, but they have never been found. Dorothy is wanted for unlawful flight and violating a custody order. She is 5'4", 105 pounds, has blond hair, blue eyes, and would now be 50 years old.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 20, 1995 episode of Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Captured. Dorothy Lee Barnett has since been captured since she vanished with her daughter twenty years ago. She was arrested in September 2013 in Australia's Sunshine Coast where she was living by Australian Federal Police on an extradition warrant issued by Justice Minister Michael Keenan, The Australian reports. No details yet as to what will happen to Savanna who is now twenty-years old. She has recently been found and is now in custody on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
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