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Where is Joshua Salyers in the Barbie-Dailey murder right now?

The difference between love and obsession is incredibly thin, but some people choose to overlook it. This happened in September 2016 in the tragic and heinous murder of mother-of-three Barbie Dailey in Muskegon, Michigan. Her killer first vented his anger and pain on Facebook in the digital age of social media before killing her.

The episode of “Primal Instinct: The Imposter” on Investigation Discovery deftly describes the case that has rightly sparked important discussions about domestic violence and victim awareness across the country. We have the information you need if you are already curious and want to know the details as well as the criminal’s identity and current whereabouts.


Why did Barbie Dailey die?

A native of Muskegon, Michigan, Barbra Ann “Barbie” Dailey was a popular local and free-spirited young mother of three young children, ages 4 to 8 months. She was employed at both Walmart and Hillcrest Nursing Center at the time. Barbie was an “absolutely amazing” young woman, according to her sister Karol Rawson, who also noted that “she was always full of fun.” Everywhere she went she really radiated this atmosphere of happiness and peace. The 22-year-old was only praised by her neighbors, who noted how she brought nothing but warmth to the entire community.

Barbie and Rawson have not had a happy childhood since their mother, Shawn Marlie Dailey, who pleaded not guilty to three counts of third-degree criminal sex conduct, was sentenced to between 12 and 22.5 years in prison. According to Rawson, her mother had helped her lover, who is accused of sexually assaulting Rawson when she was young (aged 13-15). As a result, Barbie and her sister grew distant from each other, but Rawson insisted their mutual Facebook messages had begun to melt the ice.


The two sisters even decided against setting up a playdate for their individual children to meet. Everyone was so shocked when Barbie’s throat was slit and she was discovered at her home in Muskegon that evening, September 4, 2016. At around 7:15 p.m., her then-boyfriend, 29-year-old Joshua Michael Salyers, called 911 to tell them the situation. A few minutes after Muskegon police arrived, they discovered Joshua kneeling over Barbie’s body as she bled to death.

The young lady was taken to Mercy Health Muskegon’s Hackley campus with multiple lacerations to her neck, where coroners pronounced her dead. According to Barbie’s autopsy report, she had sustained severe blunt force damage to her neck, head, and upper back, as well as signs of strangulation. She had numerous scratches, bruises and abrasions from fighting for her life. According to the study, Barbie had four abrasions on her neck, including one that was 12 cm long and so deep it actually cut through her carotid artery and windpipe.


Who Killed Barbie Dailey?

Detectives immediately began their investigation to suspect Joshua Salyers’ boyfriend. He reportedly began dating Barbie five months before the brutal attack. Joshua initially appeared perfectly polite and friendly to Barbie’s family, but over time his toxic and domineering behavior became apparent. According to Rawson, Joshua allegedly began controlling Barbie’s life, choosing what to wear and even trying to get her to quit her job out of jealousy of the stepfathers who were raising Barbie’s child.

Joshua also has prior convictions for misdemeanor sex commercialization, sexual assault misdemeanor, assault misdemeanor, malicious use of a telecommunications service, and indecent exposure dating back to 2013. His first conviction was for malicious molestation by writing in 2004. After some time, he met Barbie the decision to end her relationship with Joshua. Before finally living with Kevin Dailey, Barbie’s father, he first moved into the house of one of her family friends. Through a spate of Facebook posts honoring Barbie, Joshua attempted to mend fences with her.


However, on the fatal morning of the attack, Barbie had called her father to ask him to evict Joshua because he had reportedly been harassing her by sending her a barrage of non-stop texts. The last of Joshua’s threats on Facebook, which was created at 1:40 p.m. on the day of the murder and read, “One cut… Two cuts… Three cuts… Four…” was discovered by police. My plan will actually alleviate this suffering. He also sent Rawson a threatening message that read, “Cut, cut, cut, someone will pay,” which was later revealed.

Kevin Sander, Barbie’s neighbor, had numerous surveillance cameras set up on his property. On the day of the murder, one of them captured Joshua and Barbie as they entered her home together. Doug Carlson, another neighbor, told police that the day her friends and family went on a picnic, Barbie decided to stay home alone. He thought Joshua might have used this as a starting point to kill Barbie.


According to Sander, one of his cameras caught Joshua exiting Barbie’s house down the back alley and sprinting the entire block to get back in front of her house. Joshua was arrested by Muskegon police after initially claiming to have tried to stop Barbie from reportedly attempting suicide by cutting her throat, but later admitted to inflicting the four wounds. He was taken into custody and charged with outright murder.

Where is Joshua Salyers today?

When Joshua Salyers was arrested, police claimed he confessed to hitting and cutting Barbie. However, Joshua insisted that he did not kill Barbie and was merely trying to stop her from reportedly taking her own life during his September 2017 trial. Joshua claims that during the ensuing fight, she accidentally cut her neck after hitting her head on a stair rail. In addition, he insisted that he had no memory of making the confession and made conflicting claims of being interrogated by Muskegon police.


But on September 22, 2017, after a four-day trial, the jury rejected his testimony and found him guilty of first-degree murder. On November 1, 2017, Muskegon County District Judge Timothy Hickson sentenced Joshua to life in prison with no possibility of parole, calling the act one of the “vilest” murders he had ever witnessed. After the verdict was read, Joshua continued to insist that he was innocent, and his attorney said he planned to appeal the decision.

Joshua has been charged with murder and two counts of vandalizing police property for allegedly removing prison surveillance cameras. Joshua is being held in a maximum security cell at Oaks Correctional Facility, according to official prison records.