Do you know Margaret Rosa King? Funeral for veteran with ties to Hampton Roads coming up


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — 67-year-old Margaret Rosa King was working as a custodian at the University of North Texas when she died.

King was found unresponsive near her vehicle in a parking lot on campus on September 14, 2017. 

She was transported to Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Denton, where she was pronounced dead. 

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said she died of natural causes related to heart disease. 

It’s now been eight months since the search for her family started, and with her funeral coming up, officials are giving it one last shot.

Officials say Margaret King served in the U.S Air Force in 1971.

King has seven degrees, two of which are from colleges in Hampton Roads — Norfolk State University and Saint Leo University. 

They say she was also a contractor for the Department of Defense.

However, there’s one question that a medical examiner, police, and her coworkers can’t find the answer to.

Where is King’s family?

After she died, police contacted her manager, David Barkenhagen, to get emergency contact information.

“It ended up that that was just some variations of her name and a couple of different numbers, so they didn’t get any next to kin information,” Barkenhagen told 10 On Your Side.

Ever since, Barkenhagen has made it his mission to try and find her family, with no success yet.

10 On Your Side was able to track down King’s last known address in Norfolk.

Many of her neighbors remembered her.

“I want to say Margaret moved to Meadow Brook Woods in ’83 because we moved here together and I know she worked at the base because at one time we would talk on a daily basis,” said Jan House, a former neighbor.

House says King told her she didn’t have kids, and didn’t mention anything about brothers or sisters.

Neighbors say she kept to herself, and they never saw any visitors.

“I always wondered where she had gone because I know she moved and I was very sad and shocked that she passed away, and especially that she passed away alone,” added House.

Barkenhagen says he’s holding onto her remains until next week, when he’s arranged a funeral, with full military honors.

“I would hope somebody would do it for me,” he said.

King’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Barkenhagen is asking anyone who recognizes her to please call the University of North Texas Communications Office.

He says even if they don’t find the family in time for her service, at the very least they’ll know where she’s buried.

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