Police were alerted Wednesday by friends of Wilma Leona Barnhart (pictured), who had not been seen or heard from since July 7. A check of Barnhart's residence yielded no indication of foul play, and friends and family said she had no medical or mental health conditions that might explain her disappearance, according to a Police Department news release. They also were not aware that she had any travel plans.
Officers determined through bank records that Barnhart last made a withdrawal from her personal bank account at an ATM at the Bank of America on South Church Street in Grass Valley about 1:20 p.m. July 7. She had purchased gas from Flyers on Plaza Drive at 12:12 p.m. the same day and had completed a purchase at Rite Aid on Sutton Way at 10:52 a.m. No further activity on Barnhart's bank account has been found.
Surveillance cameras at the Flyers station captured images of Barnhart's vehicle (pictured) leaving the parking lot as well as the in-store purchase, police said. The vehicle is described as a 1999 GMC Envoy SUV with California license plate number 4DMJ032 and a 2014 registration. Police said the license plate number released earlier today was incorrect.
Barnhart was entered in the Missing and Unidentified Persons System on Wednesday, and an alert was issued to other law enforcement agencies. Police said the California Highway Patrol conducted an aerial check of possible routes out of Grass Valley in case Barnhart's vehicle might be parked or off the road. A Silver Alert was activated through the CHP on Saturday.
Barnhart is described as white, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the Grass Valley Police Department at (530) 477-4600, or the Nevada County Regional Dispatch Center at (530) 265-7880.