Esther Lucille Westenbarger
Westenbarger, approximately 2009
Date reported missing : 11/12/2009
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
Age at the time of disappearance: 51 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Westenbarger disappeared from Kokomo, Indiana on November 12, 2009. In June 2020, her vehicle was found in a small retention pond in the area of Webster Street and 300 North. Her body was inside the car. She may have accidentally driven into the pond on the night of her disappearance.
Other information and links : ncy
Howard County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Fostoria Review Times
The Kristen Foundation
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City of Kokomo, Indiana
The CUE Center for Missing Persons
The Kokomo Perspective
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