Livingston Parish Sheriff Re-Examining Bizarre Cold Case

Wess Haubrich

58-year-old Barbara Blount vanished from her Holden, Louisiana home 13 years ago.
Barbara Blount.Livingston Parish, Louisiana Sheriff's Office

Homicide and missing persons investigators are often haunted by a particular “white whale” case. That is, that one particular case that gnaws at the pits of the soul and intellect with questions and a zeal to reverse justice denied – the one that stays with the investigator more than others and lives rent free in the brain.

Like a real life Captain Ahab, the best detectives stay with the case wherever it goes and do whatever they can to solve it and catch the white whale.

Livingston Parish, Louisiana Sheriff Jason Ard is re-alerting the public to his department’s white whale case… and it is a bizarre one.

58-year-old Barbara Blount vanished from her home in an unincorporated area of Livingston Parish called Holden. Responding deputies noted no sign of forced entry or robbery at her residence – valuables were left in plain view. The back door was wide open.

There were no signs of a struggle. Barbara was planning on cleaning the house that day. Pots and pans were stacked neatly on her kitchen floor. Had she been interrupted during her cleaning and lured outside? Perhaps by someone she knew?

Her vehicle was found on a hunting club road about a quarter of a mile north of her home. The area

What really hampered the ensuing physical search was torrential rain in the Parish the few days after she disappeared. The Sheriff’s Office and FBI checked wooded areas and the extensive network of waterways in the area.

If you have any information on the disappearance of Barbara Blount, please call the Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office at (225) 686-2241 x1 or Greater Baton Rouge Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-STOP (7867).

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