DOB:  Dec 12, 1954
Missing:  Jun 18, 1959
Age Now: 54
Sex:  Male
Race:  White
Hair:  Brown
Eyes:  Brown
Height:  3'0" (91 cm)
Weight:  50 lbs (23 kg)
Missing From:
United States

Age Progressed 
Daniel's photo is shown age-progressed to 53 years. He was last seen playing near the banks of Perdido Bay, wearing only shorts.

Daniel Barter was born on December 12, 1954 to Mr. & Mrs. Paul Barter. He was the 3rd youngest child of 7 siblings

at the time of his disappearance. The eighth child was born after making it a total of 8, he was 4 years old, just 6 months

away from his 5th birthday. Danny weighed 50 lbs and was 3'0" tall. He was last seen at his family's campsite in Perdido Bay, AL  

wearing only a pair of gray boxer shorts.  How could such a handsome little boy just disappear? Was his wavy brown hair and 

big brown eyes the reason he was kidnapped, if indeed he ever was? His mother seemed to think so. In fact, these are her exact words 

as told in the Mobile Register 6/21/59, "I can understand why someone would want to take him because he's such a pretty child."


Since the only one who knows Danny's story is Danny, we are only able to assume what really happened that day on June 18, 1959. According to news articles

compiled from the Mobile Register, many thoughts ran through the minds of his family and those involved in the desperate search to find little Danny Barter. 

Over 500 people helped in the search for Danny, 150 of which were Law Enforcement and Firemen. The Navy brought in 115 men to search the waters and land

by ship and helicopter. Civilian Volunteers in bands of 25 teamed together and walked almost shoulder to shoulder over a 5 sq mile radius through woods and swamps

in search of Danny. Three champion bloodhounds were donated by a doctor from Gadsden, AL. Unfortunately, the dogs were unable to find a trail leading from the site.

A skin diver even volunteered to search the bottom of the bay for Danny. As a last resort, dozens of water holes were dynamited in an effort to bring up a body and large 

alligators in the area were hunted down and killed so stomach contents could be examined. All of this was done but to no avail. Danny was still missing. By this time, Danny's

parents considered the possibility that Danny may have been kidnapped.


Danny Barter's mother seemed to be such a sweet lady who only saw good in people. The next few paragraphs are quotes from her that were printed in the

Mobile Register.Has Danny Barter been kidnapped? His mother seems to think so. "I definitely believe now that someone picked him up and carried him away."  

A note of hope crept into her voice as she said "I hope now that someone did take Danny because I know if anyone wanted him bad enough to kidnap

him they would take good care of him."  Why would someone kidnap Danny? His mother's opinion.  "I can understand why someone would want to take 

him because he's such a pretty child."  "I know it wasn't for ransom because we have no money saved and are supporting our children on my husband's

income." (Paul Barter was a stockroom manager at Morrison's Cafeteria.) With her voice forlorn, Mrs. Barter says, "I know that I will get my Danny back....

.He's such a very pretty and sweet child......I felt that nothing could ever happen to him..."What happened the day Danny vanished? Mrs. Barter's detailed

recollection.  "Paul had gone to a store and bought some drinks for the children, taking Danny with him. When they returned, the children opened their 

drinks and Danny got one for himself. Danny and my husband were playing together on one of the roll-away cots for a short while then Paul got up and

began preparing for the fishing trip. We had rigged three poles for the fishing trip when suddenly we noticed that Danny was not in the tent. I didn't become 

alarmed at first, even though he was not at the immediate campsite." (Mrs. Barter thought he had went to play with some children who lived about 150 feet away)

. "I had first believed that despite Danny's fear of water he had wandered into the water and drowned. But not now. I believe he probably walked up the road

and someone picked him up."Did this couple take Danny? The Barter's witnessed a truck ride by with a man and woman inside the morning Danny disappeared.

The road leading to the campsite is seldom traveled. "If they or someone else did take Danny it could have been because they were strongly attracted to him." Mrs. Barter stated.

The Barter family would like to Thank a special lady Lynn Ruess who has worked  hard on finding Danny.
All the above information is from Lynn's site

    Copy and paste this Banner at the top of your Website. Hopefully someone will spot him and call or send an E-mail to the Police.
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Captain Stephen K. Arthur
Office number 251-972-8589
Email is SArthur@baldwincountyal.gov

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