Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: June 18, 1959
Location Last Seen: Perdido Bay, Baldwin County, Alabama
Date of Birth: December 12, 1954
Age: 4 years old
Weight: 50 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Gray boxer shorts
Additional Personal Items: He was carrying a Nehi bottle.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Daniel Barter was last seen playing near the banks of Perdido Bay where his parents, three brothers, an uncle, and two cousins were campling. Around 9:45 a.m. while the family was preparing equipment for a fishing trip they realized Danny was gone. About 15 minutes had passed since his brothers had last seen him near the campsite's small beach. He had spent the night in his uncle's car with the other children and he was barefoot and still wearing the gray boxer shorts he had slept in.
The search for Danny started at the beach, a few miles north of the U.S. 98 bridge into Florida. Danny didn't like the water, and there were no footprints leading into the bay. The search included several hundred volunteers and emergency personnel, the U.S. Navy, a trio of prizewinning bloodhounds, helicopters, skin divers, mounted posses, and even hunters who stalked alligators and sliced open their bellies searching for signs of the boy. The bloodhounds repeatedly tracked the boy's scent to the same spot on a nearby road.
The case remained open for years, but no leads ever emerged. In 2008, investigators began a new push to solve the case with the prevailing theory being that Danny was abducted.
Agency Name: Baldwin County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Missing Persons Unit
Agency Phone Number: 205-937-0200
Agency Case Number: 04-3497
NCIC Case Number: M204488841
NamUs Case Number: 2688
NCMEC Case Number: NCMC600229
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