Post by HeadMarshal on Feb 18, 2013 6:46:41 GMT -5
(above photo credit: Unsolved Wiki)
Fugitive Profile as of August 20th, 2014 (Based on FBI.gov profile):
Date(s) of Birth Used: July 6, 1964 Place of Birth: Ashe County, North Carolina Height: 5'8" Weight: 175 pounds Hair: Brown Eyes: Green Sex: Male Race: White Nationality: American Scars and Marks: Bare may have a tattoo of a panther on his right forearm. Remarks: Bare has ties to South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Florida. Who to call if you've seen him: Local FBI field office or embassy or submit a web tip at tips.fbi.gov
In 1990, AMW first aired the case of wanted prison escapee Richard Lynn Bare. Back in 1984, a female friend tried to avoid sexual advances from Bare in a rural area of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Bare then proceeded to throw the woman off a 1200ft cliff to her death. Her remains were later located and Bare was incarcerated until his trial, however he escaped in 1985.
Despite being on the run for over 25 years, I still consider Bare to be pretty catchable. Interesting fact that was mentioned on the old AMW forum was that Bare's sister was dating a prison guard where Bare was incarcerated in 1985. It's more than likely that his family knows of his whereabouts.
The Unsolved Mysteries episode which feature Bare mentioned that he was almost captured in the early 90s, but escaped before the police arrived at a relatives house where they believed he was staying. That makes it very clear to me his family's protecting him.
Wanted to bump this thread since this past month was the 30th anniversary since Bare escaped from prison. I also found out a couple of updates. According to the Unsolved Mysteries wikia page, Sherry's mother died in 2011, without seeing justice for her daughter's death. Also, Jeffrey Burgess, who was with Bare and Sherry at the time of the murder and was also arrested but never brought to trial, died back in 2012. And back in 2002, a judge ordered that fingerprints be taken from a man named "Richard Presnell" who they believed could've been Bare under a false name. However, he fled before authorities could fingerprint him. There have also been tips that Bare has been seen disguised in North Carolina within a couple of years, especially at funerals for relatives. I also saw that the FBI took him off their Most Wanted page under "Murders." I'm guessing the FBI is no longer looking for him.
This case always seemed like a clear-cut case of family hiding family. I just don't get why 1. Someone would hide someone for 30 years (you'd think after 5 or 10 that they would simply move on and leave them be) and 2. That there is not one person in the Bare family who wouldn't give him up. Bare seemed like a bum, are we supposed to believe every single family member (cousins, brother-in-laws, aunts, etc) all liked Richard enough to hide him from the FBI for 30 years? This leads me to believe that he's probably away from North Carolina, living on his own (for how long though is anyone's guess). And if he's supposedly appearing at funerals for family members, you would think authorities would quietly conduct surveillance to see who shows up.
This just seemed like an easy capture. Very surprised he's been on the run this long.
Oh wow, didn't know about the FBI taking him off the list- it is a very old case- sometimes the FBI removes old cases for newer ones- but it doesn't mean they still wouldn't take tips on him. I guess I'll leave the FBI info out there but if anyone has info and the FBI tells them they aren't handling the case anymore they can also contact me on our private contact form and I can figure out where to send the info if the FBI isn't involved anymore. (I usually don't take tips but will forward unsolicited ones, but in this case, who knows where anyone can turn to now if they know where Bare is).