Missing Person Body of Johnson County Woman Found in Knott County

The search group looking for a missing Johnson County woman say they found her body in Knott County Wednesday. Kentucky State Police aren’t releasing an identity just yet, but Christina Barnett’s family says they stumbled upon her remains.

Since Wednesday, people in Knott County have been searching for 34-year-old Christina Barnett, but no one has looked more than her own family.


“They were out here searching yesterday,” said Brandon Muncy.

Neighbors who live in the area helped the family in the search, they say.

“I tried to help them all I could,” said Freddie Messer.

Freddie Messer was the last to see Barnett a week ago at a gas station. Family say Barnett was in a truck headed to London with a man she met online. After she disappeared, Messer told her sister all he knew.

“The lady got out of the vehicle, walked around to the rear of the truck, stood there for 2 or 3 seconds, turns around and gets back in,” he said. “She didn’t act distraught or upset, or crying or anything like that.”

It was only a few miles away that Barnett’s sister and a friend say they found her body around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. They say she was at the bottom of the hill off Highway 80 and was badly burned.

“More than likely, once they pulled out of here it happened between the store and there,” Messer said.

Troopers say the body had been there for a few days, but won’t say how she was killed or if it’s in fact Barnett. Still, for most people, the family’s word is enough.

“Thank God they found her and now they can probably put somebody to justice,” Muncy said.

“That would be horrible to come up on your sister,” Messer said. “I hope the family gets justice.”

The woman’s body is now in Frankfort and an autopsy is expected within the next few days. Until then, this will remain a death investigation, and Christina Barnett will still be listed as a missing person.

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