Deputies end search for missing woman; still following leads

Family reported 67-year-old missing last Saturday

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies in St. Johns County have stopped searching the geographical area for a missing 67-year-old woman, but they are still following up on leads.

Investigators searched using a helicopter, four-wheelers and horses the last two days for Barbara Parchem.

Her family reported her missing Saturday when she didn't show up for work.

Investigators don't suspect foul play.

Parchem's car, wallet and credit cards were still at her house, and family members say she had been struggling personal and health issues.

Investigators went door to door in Parchem's neighborhood passing out flyers, hoping someone has information.

Parchem's daughter, Lilly Ann Chavez, admits her mother had been going though a lot. She'd been battling cancer, and her husband, who she'd known since she was 13, died recently.

Still, Chavez doesn't believe her mother would hurt herself or just leave.

Parchem is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 100 pounds, with brown eyes and short brown hair with blonde highlights. She was last seen wearing dark pants, a gray hoodie and a dark shirt.

At Village Inn Restaurant, the name Barbara Parchem is a big deal. Just ask her coworker of 20 years, Shawna Nichols.

"She's a good woman. It's just hard with her not being here, not working with us," said Nichols. "She's more than just a coworker, she's family."

"Lil Barb" is what Nichols and others call the 67-year-old woman who has been missing for a week. Nichols said the Village Inn hasn't been the same since.

"The whole back dining room is her section. Everybody that comes in here, that's where they go," said Nichols. "They'd grab their own silverware and wait for Barbara to come get them. She'll bring their drinks over there before she comes because she already knows what they want."

On Friday, the back dining room was empty. Now, it's used as a reminder she's still missing. Posters hang on the window for customers to see.

"Showing her that we care and we are willing to do anything to bring her back home," said Manager Mike Rodriguez. "I just want to wake up one day and see her here, early in the morning, act like nothing happened."

Anyone who has seen seen Parchem is asked to call 911 or the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at 904-824-8304.

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