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 1969 Paciotti, Barbara, 06/14/1969, Hibbing
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Paciotti case resurfaces with property search
Kelly Grinsteinner
The Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 02nd, 2006 10:12:41 AM

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/paciotti_barbara.html

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Denny Adams, left, and Dirk Versteeg field questions from local media Monday morning about the search near property off Antonelli Road, which belongs to the Dolinich family.
HIBBING — The investigation into the disappearance of Barbara Paciotti, who’s been missing since June 1969, has literally gone to the dogs.

Two sniffer specialists, bloodhounds Molly and Ranger, were called into action Monday as they nosed their way around a forty owned by the Dolinich family. The property, which was once a farmstead and now is almost completely wooded, is located off Antonelli Road.

Investigators said they have reason to believe a search would lead to the discovery of remains or possible clues into Paciotti’s disappearance.

“We’re hoping to find Barbara’s remains, her clothing, shoes or jewelry she was wearing at the time of her disappearance,” said Lead Investigator Dale Wright of the Hibbing Police Department.


While nothing of interest was found Monday, Wright said they plan to return to the property Tuesday morning and resume searching. Rain caused Monday’s search to be suspended by early afternoon.

Wright, along with two agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and dog handlers Denny Adams of Conde, S.D., and Dirk Versteeg of Chisholm, executed the search warrant on the property. The forty belonged to the late Katherine Dolinich, grandmother of Jeff Dolinich, who was the last person to be seen with Paciotti the night she disappeared.

“Although he never lived here, he visited here and was familiar with the grounds,” said Wright. “Our officers have identified this property through talking with the suspect who said he brought her here the night of her disappearance.”

The farm is thought to have been abandoned prior to 1969, with the exception of continued mowing and a possible garden, said Wright. He added that it may be the first time the property has been searched since the initial investigation in 1969.

Wright also pointed out the lack of a defined driveway prior to going in. Late Monday, he said they were able to decipher the driveway and an old farmstead while walking the property. He said they plan to do more historical research on the property.

Volunteers with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad hoped to conduct a foot search of the property Monday, but were called to assist in the drowning incident that occurred near Duluth over the weekend.

Investigators were optimistic that something would be found to move the cold case forward. By mid-afternoon Monday, that hadn’t wavered.

Wright said he remained positive, as did Greg “Elmo” Paciotti, the brother of Barbara.

“I’m pretty sure they’ll find something,” said Paciotti, who has championed resolution of the case on behalf of his late parents, Fabian and Betty Paciotti. “I’m very hopeful that something will be found. It doesn’t have to be today, but someday soon.”

Paciotti was kept up to speed on the search and opted to field questions from reporters, a number of whom he’s gotten to know since the reopening of the case, Monday afternoon. Being thrust into and out of the limelight, he explained, is difficult but necessary.

Despite the additional attention, he said it’s hard to fathom that two bloodhounds could locate human remains more than three decades after Barbara’s disappearance. In his estimation, time is a detriment, as is the growth on the unkept property.

“Thirty-seven years is a long time,” he said. “I still don’t know why this case isn’t closed. I know investigators are doing a good job with what they have to work with, but this should have been solved years ago.”

Molly, Ranger and their handlers will go back at it Tuesday. The wet, rainy weather won’t stop these two, said Adams, adding they’ve worked in snow before.

“The moisture actually enhances things and activates the type of scent we’re looking for,” he said, adding the weather is more likely to cause him and Versteeg to peter out sooner than their four-footed friends.

Adams had high confidence in the dogs, touting how they are specifically trained as cadaver canines.

“They are specially trained for this,” said Adams, owner of Dakota Territory Search Dogs. “They don’t do tricks, roll over, fetch or play dead. They are search dogs, and that’s what they do.”

Adams and Molly have been involved in a number of cases, internationally and on the local front. The pair is credited with helping locate the remains of Dru Sjodin.

Adams and Versteeg plan to do some searching for Leanna “Beaner” Warner with the dogs while in the area. Warner went missing on June 14, 2003 — the same date as Paciotti, but years later.

Wright said there are plans to search other areas around Hibbing, but declined to be more specific about places or dates.

“This is just a starting point,” he said.

Dolinich, now 62 and residing in Coon Rapids, Minn., remains the sole suspect, according to Wright.

A $50,000 reward was added to the case through Spotlight on Crime, a nonprofit organization fund that focuses on unsolved crimes, in January.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hibbing Police Department at (218) 263-3601 or the BAC Cold Case Unit at (651) 793-7000 or toll-free at 1-888-234-3692.

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Suspected grave site excavated 37 years after woman went missing



Investigators are excavating a suspected grave site in search of the remains of a Hibbing woman who went missing 37 years ago.

Barbara Paciotti was 20 when she disappeared in 1969.

This week police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension dug up and sifted through mounds of dirt on the grounds of the Carey Lake recreation area. That area was identified by previous investigators as a grave site in 1971.

The suspect in the case is a man who was the last person to be seen with Paciotti. He has told police the two visited his family's farm the night Paciotti went missing. The farm was only about half a mile from the site in question.

Paciotti's brother - Greg Elmo Paciotti - says he's hopeful police will find something.

http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=130482

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Barbara Paciotti


Paciotti, 20, was last seen with her boyfriend, Jeff Dolinich, in the early morning hours of June 14, 1969 in Hibbing. She had been out with a friend during the evening of June 13. She and her friend were driving downtown at about 1:45 a.m., and the two stopped in traffic to speak to another friend when Dolinich approached the car and asked Paciotti if she would come with him so he could speak with her. The two were seen leaving in a 1964 green Oldsmobile; it was the last she was seen alive. On June 14, Dolinich was questioned by police, and he said he had been out drinking on June 13. He acknowledged leaving Hibbing with Barbara, that the two had argued, he struck her and he thought she was dead. Dolinich said he awoke the morning of June 14 in Mora, Minnesota with no memory of where Paciotti was. His pants and shoes were covered in grass and mud.

Please bring closure to the family and friends of Barbara Paciotti, and bring her killer(s) to justice.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact:

The Hibbing Police Department at 218-263-3601 or the BCA Cold Case Unit at 651-793-7000 or toll-free at 1-888-234-3692.

http://www.spotlightoncrime.org/case_paciotti_barbara.cfm

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Paciotti case resurfaces with property search
Kelly Grinsteinner
The Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 02nd, 2006 10:12:41 AM

http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/p/paciotti_barbara.html

Kelly Grinsteinner
Denny Adams, left, and Dirk Versteeg field questions from local media Monday morning about the search near property off Antonelli Road, which belongs to the Dolinich family.
HIBBING — The investigation into the disappearance of Barbara Paciotti, who’s been missing since June 1969, has literally gone to the dogs.

Two sniffer specialists, bloodhounds Molly and Ranger, were called into action Monday as they nosed their way around a forty owned by the Dolinich family. The property, which was once a farmstead and now is almost completely wooded, is located off Antonelli Road.

Investigators said they have reason to believe a search would lead to the discovery of remains or possible clues into Paciotti’s disappearance.

“We’re hoping to find Barbara’s remains, her clothing, shoes or jewelry she was wearing at the time of her disappearance,” said Lead Investigator Dale Wright of the Hibbing Police Department.


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While nothing of interest was found Monday, Wright said they plan to return to the property Tuesday morning and resume searching. Rain caused Monday’s search to be suspended by early afternoon.

Wright, along with two agents of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and dog handlers Denny Adams of Conde, S.D., and Dirk Versteeg of Chisholm, executed the search warrant on the property. The forty belonged to the late Katherine Dolinich, grandmother of Jeff Dolinich, who was the last person to be seen with Paciotti the night she disappeared.

“Although he never lived here, he visited here and was familiar with the grounds,” said Wright. “Our officers have identified this property through talking with the suspect who said he brought her here the night of her disappearance.”

The farm is thought to have been abandoned prior to 1969, with the exception of continued mowing and a possible garden, said Wright. He added that it may be the first time the property has been searched since the initial investigation in 1969.

Wright also pointed out the lack of a defined driveway prior to going in. Late Monday, he said they were able to decipher the driveway and an old farmstead while walking the property. He said they plan to do more historical research on the property.

Volunteers with the St. Louis County Rescue Squad hoped to conduct a foot search of the property Monday, but were called to assist in the drowning incident that occurred near Duluth over the weekend.

Investigators were optimistic that something would be found to move the cold case forward. By mid-afternoon Monday, that hadn’t wavered.

Wright said he remained positive, as did Greg “Elmo” Paciotti, the brother of Barbara.

“I’m pretty sure they’ll find something,” said Paciotti, who has championed resolution of the case on behalf of his late parents, Fabian and Betty Paciotti. “I’m very hopeful that something will be found. It doesn’t have to be today, but someday soon.”

Paciotti was kept up to speed on the search and opted to field questions from reporters, a number of whom he’s gotten to know since the reopening of the case, Monday afternoon. Being thrust into and out of the limelight, he explained, is difficult but necessary.

Despite the additional attention, he said it’s hard to fathom that two bloodhounds could locate human remains more than three decades after Barbara’s disappearance. In his estimation, time is a detriment, as is the growth on the unkept property.

“Thirty-seven years is a long time,” he said. “I still don’t know why this case isn’t closed. I know investigators are doing a good job with what they have to work with, but this should have been solved years ago.”

Molly, Ranger and their handlers will go back at it Tuesday. The wet, rainy weather won’t stop these two, said Adams, adding they’ve worked in snow before.

“The moisture actually enhances things and activates the type of scent we’re looking for,” he said, adding the weather is more likely to cause him and Versteeg to peter out sooner than their four-footed friends.

Adams had high confidence in the dogs, touting how they are specifically trained as cadaver canines.

“They are specially trained for this,” said Adams, owner of Dakota Territory Search Dogs. “They don’t do tricks, roll over, fetch or play dead. They are search dogs, and that’s what they do.”

Adams and Molly have been involved in a number of cases, internationally and on the local front. The pair is credited with helping locate the remains of Dru Sjodin.

Adams and Versteeg plan to do some searching for Leanna “Beaner” Warner with the dogs while in the area. Warner went missing on June 14, 2003 — the same date as Paciotti, but years later.

Wright said there are plans to search other areas around Hibbing, but declined to be more specific about places or dates.

“This is just a starting point,” he said.

Dolinich, now 62 and residing in Coon Rapids, Minn., remains the sole suspect, according to Wright.

A $50,000 reward was added to the case through Spotlight on Crime, a nonprofit organization fund that focuses on unsolved crimes, in January.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hibbing Police Department at (218) 263-3601 or the BAC Cold Case Unit at (651) 793-7000 or toll-free at 1-888-234-3692.
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Posted on Wed, May. 03, 2006

1969 disappearance gets fresh attention
Bloodhounds used in hunt for missing woman

Associated Press
HIBBING, Minn. — A pair of bloodhounds that have been involved in several high-profile searches have been brought in to look for clues in the disappearance of a woman last seen alive in 1969.

Barbara Paciotti was 20 when she disappeared June 14, 1969. Police say her boyfriend was the last person reported to be seen with her.

Bloodhounds Molly and Ranger combed a 39-acre parcel Monday near the eastern edge of Hibbing, an old farmstead that had been owned by the grandmother of the boyfriend, the only suspect in the case.

"I'm very optimistic," said the woman's brother, Greg Paciotti. "They're working at it. They're doing the best they can and are hitting it hard."

Investigators hope after all these years to find traces of Paciotti's remains, clothing or jewelry, Hibbing police investigator Dale Wright said.

The dogs are veterans of the searches for Erika Dalquist, Dru Sjodin and Leanna Warner. The search was called off Monday afternoon after several hours of rain but was to resume.

"After this case became visible again in 2005, people called in and made us aware that this property had been in the (suspect's) family," Wright said.

Wright said the suspect told police he brought Barbara Paciotti to a rural area the night she disappeared. The suspect told officers he had hit Paciotti once and knew she was dead, the investigator said.

On Monday, the two dogs, handlers Denny Adams and Dirk Versteeg of Dakota Territory Search Dogs, police and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators scoured the property in a steady, light rain.

"Obviously, we're looking for graves or remains," said Adams, of Conde, S.D. "The moisture enhances any scent of a shallow grave. If it's there, we can find it; if it's not there, we will not find it."

Several other properties near Hibbing also would be searched, Wright said.

"This is a very big point of interest for us," Wright said of the land searched Monday. "But we do have other points of interest in the Hibbing area."

In January, the group Spotlight on Crime announced a $50,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for Paciotti's disappearance.

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http://www.spotlightoncrime.org/case_paciotti_barbara.cfm

Up to $50,000 Reward

Up to $50,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) responsible for the murder of Barbara Paciotti.

Barbara Paciotti

Paciotti, 20, was last seen with her boyfriend, Jeff Dolinich, in the early morning hours of June 14, 1969 in Hibbing. She had been out with a friend during the evening of June 13. She and her friend were driving downtown at about 1:45 a.m., and the two stopped in traffic to speak to another friend when Dolinich approached the car and asked Paciotti if she would come with him so he could speak with her. The two were seen leaving in a 1964 green Oldsmobile; it was the last she was seen alive. On June 14, Dolinich was questioned by police, and he said he had been out drinking on June 13. He acknowledged leaving Hibbing with Barbara, that the two had argued, he struck her and he thought she was dead. Dolinich said he awoke the morning of June 14 in Mora, Minnesota with no memory of where Paciotti was. His pants and shoes were covered in grass and mud.

Please bring closure to the family and friends of Barbara Paciotti, and bring her killer(s) to justice.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact:

The Hibbing Police Department at 218-263-3601 or the BCA Cold Case Unit at 651-793-7000 or toll-free at 1-888-234-3692.


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Barbara Jean Paciotti

The Hibbing Police Department with assistance from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Saint Louis County Sheriff's Department has resumed its investigation into the disappearance of a woman, Barbara Jean Paciotti, DOB/ 03-11-49, born and raised in Hibbing, She was twenty years of age at the time of her disappearance. Barbara was approximately 4'11", 98 lbs., with dark brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a rust-colored coat, red plaid dress, loafers and jade and topaz rings. She had been living in Minneapolis, MN, but was on a weekend visit at her parent's home in Hibbing during the time of her disappearance. Her parents, Betty and Fabian Paciotti are both deceased along with her sister, Susan. Barbara's brother, Greg still lives in the Hibbing area.

Barbara was last seen in the early morning hours of June 14, 1969, in the downtown Hibbing area near "La Pizzeria''. Barbara's close friend said she saw Barbara get into a 1964, Oldsmobile driven by Jeffrey Dolinich, a man originally from Hibbing, who Barbara had previously dated. That was the last time anyone had reportedly seen Barbara.

On June 14, Officers of the Minneapolis Police Department were called by a family member to check on the welfare of Jeffrey Dolinich. Dolinich lived in an apartment in Minneapolis and had returned sometime that day.

They found Dolinich a short time later a few blocks from his apartment. A short chase ensued and Dolinich was apprehended. The police and Dolinich returned to Dolinich's apartment.

Dolinich told the officers that at about 1:30 a.m., on Saturday morning he and Barbara went for a ride. He said he and Paciotti had an argument and he got out of the car.

He said he remembered hitting Paciotti once and he was sure she was dead. He did not remember where he left her but remembered he woke up in the City of Mora, MN.

The officers noticed muddied clothing lying in the apartment including pants covered with mud and grass. Dolinich claimed he had worn the clothing earlier that morning.

Dolinich directed the officers to a 1964 Oldsmobile he had driven that belonged to his father. The vehicle was parked outside the apartment. The officers found a purse with one of the straps detached. Inside the purse, officers found identification that belonged to Paciotti. The officers did not arrest Dolinich at that time.

On June 15, family members went to the Minneapolis Homicide Unit to report that Jeffrey had written a suicide note. They had spoken to Jeffrey about the alleged homicide and that he did not remember much about the incident. Jeff was admitted to Glennwood Hills Hospital with the assistance of the police.

The Minneapolis Police executed a search warrant for Dolinich's apartment on June 19, 1969. Jeff's roommate told the officers that Dolinich's mother had taken the pants and shoes he had apparently worn on June 14. The shoes were subsequently found but the pants were never located.

On June 20, the police were unsuccessful in their attempt to interview Dolinich regarding Paciotti's disappearance. Barbara Paciotti never returned home. There were searches conducted in the Hibbing area without success.

Three different individuals called to report they had seen a vehicle on Highway 73 in the early morning hours of June 14. They reported the vehicle was seen about a mile south of the Maple Hill overpass. One individual described the car to be a 1964 Oldsmobile. All three said the vehicle had its headlights on. They were not clear if the vehicle was occupied at the time.

Barbara Paciotti was never located and the investigation was suspended.

Barbara's family said that the last time they heard from Barbara was June 13, 1969. She had come home to Hibbing for the Father's Day weekend. On 06-16, 1969, Barbara Paciotti's parents received a letter signed by "Jeff." The letter was sent from Minneapolis with a return address that matched the address of Dolinich's apartment. Below is a copy of that letter.

Dear Folks,

Something terrible happened to which I have no recall. Everything was fine the other night, except for the way I was driving. I drank too much and should have never considered driving. Barb got out for the car and so did I. The last thing I remember is falling and she tried to help me. Being too heavy, I knocked her down. The next morning I woke up near Mora. How I got back in the car and drove that distance, I don't know, I know I never could have driven that far without an accident, etc. I wouldn't hurt her for anything in the world. We were going to be married, so whatever happened I don't know the reason, why it happened or where, etc. I don't have a chance and can't even defend myself because I don't remember anything. By the time you see this letter, I will be dead and couldn't possibly face anybody, answer questions, etc. If the worst occurred, I would be condemned without a chance and being unable to explain what happened, where I was, etc., makes it even worse. We got along so well and happy together that it would break me completely if anything happened to her. I loved her more than anything in the world and anybody that was us could easily verify that. I am so scared and frightened and completely lost with myself. I could run away but that solves nothing. Eventually I would be found and I still wouldn't have the answers. I couldn't live with myself if anything happened to her. She was my responsibility to watch and care for. I evidently failed. If I or someone did take a life, I will give my life although I don't see how I could because everything was fine with us. I loved her very much. This occurrence is too strange for me.

May you find forgiveness in your hearts.

The Hibbing Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have re-opened this case and are continuing with the investigation. If you have any information regarding this case please call the Hibbing Police Department, 218-263-3601.

http://www.hibbing.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_...8C66755AF2D8%7D

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http://www.hibbingmn.com/dailytribune/inde...story_id=209044

Paciotti family longs for answers

Kelly Grinsteinner
The Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 11:33:25 AM

HIBBING — Since the passing of his mother, Betty, in 2004, Greg “Elmo” Paciotti routinely visits his family at Maple Hill Cemetery. Every other day he makes the trek there to water the flowers placed between his parent’s headstones.

“I go there to talk to all of them,” said Paciotti. “I do miss them, and they are my family. I fill them in on my day, update them on the case, tell them how Heather’s doing and how much I miss them.”

Also on his mother’s headstone are the names of his sisters, Susan who passed away in 1977, and Barbara, who has been missing since 1969. A date of death has yet to be added below Barbara’s name.

“It makes me sad that there’s no date there,” said Paciotti. “But I get a sense of satisfaction being able to talk to them all at once.”

Paciotti longs to know what happened to his sister, and to add a date to the stone.

“It’d be nice to have that closure,” he said. “I’d like to be optimistic in thinking she’ll walk through that door, but I know realistically that won’t happen.”

Barbara disappeared 37 years ago today. It was in the early morning hours of June 14, 1969, that she was last seen on Howard Street in downtown Hibbing. The 20-year-old was visiting her parents for the weekend and in celebration of Father’s Day. She had been residing in Minneapolis, where she had worked as a secretary for an investment firm for about a year.

Paciotti had planned to meet with a former boyfriend that evening. She was dating Jeff Dolinich, also a former Hibbing resident, at the time of her disappearance.

While she and her roommate were driving around Hibbing that night, the pair came across Dolinich who was also hanging out downtown and bypassed him. Hours later, Dolinich approached their vehicle while paused at a downtown stoplight and began talking with Paciotti.

Dolinich asked Paciotti to go with him. She agreed, and they left in his father’s 1964 green Oldsmobile. Paciotti was never seen again.

Later that morning, Dolinich was located in Minneapolis and questioned by law enforcement about Paciotti’s whereabouts. He told police that he had been drinking that night and acknowledged leaving Hibbing with Paciotti.

He went on to say that they had argued, that he had struck her and that he knew she was dead. He also said he did not know her whereabouts.

A few days later, the family received a mysterious, remorseful letter from Dolinich. To date, no body has been found and no one has ever been charged.

Dolinich now resides in Coon Rapids, Minn. He spoke briefly with investigators about the case in December, but has since retained a lawyer and is no longer cooperating with law enforcement.

The Hibbing Police Department announced the reopening of the case on Dec. 9, 2005. A month later, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) added a $50,000 reward to the case being made available through Spotlight on Crime.

The media blitzes led to roughly 50 new leads and several searches on foot and with bloodhounds since early May. The department has taken in more than 150 leads since the department and the BCA reopened the case in 1998.

Hibbing Police Investigator Dale Wright said he was aware of the approaching anniversary, adding his initial aim was to have the case wrapped up by now.

“I would have liked to have had a resolution by that date, but we’re still proceeding in the right direction,” he said. “We are going to be doing more searching and following up on the remainder of leads.”

Those places of interest include more areas along south Highway 73 and also a section of property near the Dolinich farm off Antonelli Road. Wright said the searches will likely be done within the next month or so with the assistance of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad.

“We have come a long way, and we’re getting closer to exhausting all of the leads of the investigation,” said Wright. “We’re hoping to have the investigation completed by the end of the summer.”

Resolution, as all involved define it, is finding out what happened to Barbara — either by locating her remains or getting Dolinich to confess.

Wright said Dolinich remains the sole suspect at this time, adding he remains optimistic.

“My confidence is up, as it always is on these cases,” he said. “The interest from the public and people calling in keeps giving us leads to work on. They are able to tell us about 1969. They’ve been helpful by giving us a better picture of how things were then.”

Wright said he’s taking the case very seriously, even personally.

“This is one of those cases that when you work it, you want to work it hard,” he explained. “You want a resolution and are determined to get it. I am personally involved.”

Having gotten to know the family adds to that tenacity. Wright keeps in touch with them on a weekly basis.

“This is the kind of case any good investigator would want to be assigned to and want to solve,” he said. “It’s given me an extra desire to work harder. I’m not letting go until we’ve gone through everything. Until we’ve exhausted all of our efforts. I can’t help but be personally involved.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Hibbing Police Department at (218) 263-3601 or the BAC Cold Case Unit at (651) 793-7000 or toll-free at 1-888-234-3692.

Paciotti and his aunts Pat Field and Judie Lyman speak very highly of Wright. Just last week the four met face to face to talk about the case. The three learned several unknown facts and intimate details about the case. Wright also took Fields and Lyman to where the searches had been conducted.

“It was an eerie, surreal feeling to be there knowing they had looked for her there,” said Fields about visiting the search sites. “It made me wonder that much more. Is she out there? Have we just not found her yet? Will we ever find her? It could be the last place or area Barbie was.”

Despite not having answers, Fields and Lyman said they are elated the case was reopened and that it’s moving forward. Learning new details on the case helped rebuild their confidence in reaching a resolution.

“I want to know everything about the case I can. I just can’t get enough,” said Fields. “It’s just been so many years.”

Lyman concurred, adding she’d like to see the case go to trial, with or without Barbara’s remains. That decision ultimately lies in the hands of the county attorney.

“I feel we’re closer to a day to hold a memorial service than we’ve ever been before,” said Fields, adding she looks forward to the day when a judge asks her to give an impact statement for sentencing purposes.

The pair said they owe it to Betty to see the case through. They told her such while visiting her, Fabian and Susan at Maple Hill Cemetery last week.

Immediately following the visit, they headed to a local greenhouse. There, Fields and Lyman purchased carnations for Betty and daisies for Susan with plans to lay them at the grave.

They hope to add Barbara’s favorite flowers in the near future.



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Barbara Jean Paciotti
Missing since June 14, 1969 from Hibbing, Louis County, Minnesota
Classification: Endangered Missing



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Vital Statistics

Date Of Birth: March 11, 1949
Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'11"; 98 lbs.
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Dark brown hair; brown eyes.
Clothing: She was wearing a rust-colored jacket over a red plaid dress, a pair of loafers and rings of jade and topaz when last seen.


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Circumstances of Disappearance
Paciotti was last seen in downtown near Sammy’s Pizza (now the Mane Salon), where a close friend watched her get into a 1964 Oldsmobile being driven by a suspect she had been dating.
Paciotti was residing in Minneapolis at the time but in town visiting her parents, for the weekend visit and in celebration of Father’s Day. She had been working as a secretary for an investment firm for about a year.
Later that day, officers of the Minneapolis Police Department were called by the suspect's family members to check on his welfare. He was living in an apartment in Minneapolis and had returned some time that day. He was located by law enforcement a few blocks from his apartment shortly thereafter. According to reports, a short chase ensued. The suspect was soon apprehended and returned with officers to his apartment.
While being questioned, the suspect told officers that he and Paciotti took a ride around 1:30 a.m. He said they had an argument, which prompted him to exit the car. A specified location of the stop was not given. The suspect went on to tell officers that he recalled hitting Paciotti once, and that he was sure she was dead. He remembers waking up in Mora, Minnesota, but not where he left Paciotti.
Officers noticed muddied clothing and shoes lying on the apartment floor. Mud and grass covered a pair of pants that the suspect claimed he had been wearing earlier that morning.
The suspect's vehicle, which belonged to his father, was searched. Officers located a purse with one of its straps detached. Inside the purse, they found Paciotti’s identification. The suspect was not arrested at the time.
A day later, the Minneapolis Homicide Unit received word from family members that the suspect had penned a suicide note. Family also told officers they had spoken to him about Paciotti and what may have occurred, adding that he did not remember much. He was admitted to a hospital for observation. A search warrant was executed by Minneapolis officers on June 19, 1969. The suspect's roommate informed them that the muddied pants and shoes in question were taken by the suspect's mother. The shoes were located some time after but the pants never were. Officers attempted to question the suspect about his involvement with Paciotti on June 20, 1969, but were unsuccessful.
At the same time, several massive ground searches were mobilized in the Hibbing area, but raised no leads. Three reports were received via phone that a vehicle was seen on Highway 73 with its headlights on in the early hours of the morning on June 14. The reports place the vehicle about one mile south of the Maple Hill overpass. It is unknown whether the vehicle was occupied at the time. Paciotti was never found. The case was eventually suspended.



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Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Cold Case Unit
1-877-996-6222
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Hibbing Police Department
Investigator Dale Wright
263-3601
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Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

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Minnesota family to say good-bye to woman presumed killed in '69
By PAUL WALSH, Star Tribune

Last update: June 9, 2008 - 9:21 AM


Barbara Paciotti

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Barbara Paciotti has been missing and presumed murdered for nearly 39 years, and her family believes it's finally time to "say a final good-bye" to the "Serbian-Italian dynamo" from the Iron Range.

Paciotti, who was last seen June 14, 1969, with her former boyfriend in Hibbing, will be remembered at a memorial service Saturday at Immaculate Conception Church in Hibbing.

"After 39 years of waiting and hoping, the Paciotti and Popovich families are ready to say a final goodbye to and celebrate the life of Barbara Jean Paciotti," her paid obituary this weekend read. "Barbie has been gone a long time."

The notice described her as a "petite, dark-haired Serbian-Italian dynamo ... Barb walked into a room, she simply lit it up."

According to authorities, Paciotti, 20, was visiting her parents in Hibbing for Father's Day after having moved to Minneapolis. She was approached by the former boyfriend in downtown Hibbing at about 1:45 a.m.

The boyfriend, who also lived in Minneapolis, told police he and Paciotti argued, he hit her once and thought he killed her, but he remembers only that he woke up in Mora.

Paciotti was never seen again. The case remains open, and a $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the person responsible for Paciotti's death. Despite acknowledging that he struck Paciotti and a long list of circumstantial evidence, the boyfriend has never been charged.

Paciotti's parents and her sister died not knowing her fate. Paciotti's father, Fabian, died in 1977; her mother, Betty, in 2004; her sister, Susan, 1977.

She is survived by her brother Greg Paciotti and uncles and nieces.
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http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/dpp/news/mi...bing_Aug_3_2009
Cold Case Spotlight:
Barbara Paciotti
Hibbing, Minn. woman missing for 40
years
Published : Monday, 03 Aug 2009, 11:26 AM CDT

Sarah Saeger
HIBBING, Minn. - It’s been more than 40 years since Barbara Paciotti was last seen alive in Hibbing. Paciotti is the 4 of clubs in the deck of cold case playing cards released by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Around 1:45 am on June 14, 1969, the 20-year-old was driving around downtown Hibbing with a friend when she was approached by her boyfriend Jeffrey Dolinich. He asked Barbara to get into his vehicle, a 1964 green Oldsmobile. That was the last time anyone ever saw her alive.

Police say Dolinich is the only suspect they’ve ever had. Investigator Dale Wright says, “they never did charge him out back than, because they never did get a confession and they never did find a body”. Wright believes Paciotti was trying to break-up with Dolinich and the two got into an argument.

Police found Barbara’s purse inside Dolinich’s vehicle. The suspect also wrote a letter addressed one day after she disappeared. In the letter he writes “something terrible happened to which I have no recall”.

40 years later, all the investigators who originally worked on the case are no longer alive, but police are still not giving up. Investigator Wright hopes the cold case playing cards will generate new leads. “It’s worth a try and it’s just about getting the word out more”.

If you know anything about what happened to Barbara Paciotti call the BCA tipline at 1-877-996-6222. There is still a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
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BCA Receives Grant for Cold Cases

Posted at: 10/19/2011 10:22 PM | Updated at: 10/19/2011 11:16 PM
By: Paige Calhoun

"The demands on our laboratory are increasing every year and we always have more and more DNA work to do," More work to do, but not enough money to do it. The BCA said in this economy, It's tough to fund projects, but a recent federal grant aimed at solving cold cases with DNA is heating things up.

The Department of Justice and the National Institute of Justice awarded the $465,000 dollars. The money will be split several ways. Some will go towards necessary supplies and some will supplement funding for current homicide agents, "This is allowing us more hours to work on these cases that wouldn't have had before."

The remaining funds will allow a current scientist to switch their focus to solving cold cases with DNA full-time. Senior Special Agent Drew Evans with the BCA said this is exciting news, as there are a large number of cases worth re-examining, "Either testing old evidence, re-testing evidence with new and emerging technologies that didn't exist when we first tested those items and assisting in cases that we may not have worked on before."

It's also encouraging news for six Northland families involved in cold cases, and still waiting for closure. Greg Paciotti's sister Barbara has been missing for over 40 years. He said he's glad authorities are still interested in trying to solve these cases. He would like to see his sister's case resolved for his family and would like to see the person responsible pay for what they did.

The BCA echoes those sentiments, "We want to assure families everywhere that we never forget about their loved ones and that we'll always be pursuing justice."

The grant has been awarded in Minnesota several times, but this is a first for the BCA.
http://www.wdio.com/article/stories/S2336503.shtml?cat=10335
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