Elizabeth Baron, 76, a spiritual counselor and medium who assisted with several Lowcountry police investigations and grew famous for her predictions concerning local and international events, died Tuesday. She was 76.
Born in Tennessee, Baron lived much of her life in Chicago before moving to Charleston in the 1980s.
Having experienced premonitions and spiritual visits since childhood, Baron claimed to be able to channel the spirit of Saint Catherine of Siena, a 14th-century nun.
Perhaps Baron's most prominent work involved the disappearance in 1989 of Ralph Terry Griggs, a highway inspector involved with the construction of the Mark Clark Expressway.
When investigators failed to track Griggs, his wife hired a private investigator who connected her with Baron.
Though Baron was also unable to locate Griggs, she predicted that construction defects would plague the expressway, particularly related to joints between the concrete slabs. The Department of Transportation spent $1.5 million dollars in 2001 to replace faulty expansion joints on the Don Holt Bridge.
Baron also famously announced predictions for each upcoming year, which were widely reported by local and national media. In Charleston, she was a frequent source of speculation regarding hurricane seasons.
Baron ran the New Life Center on James Island and taught classes on meditation and prayer. She also offered personal consultations and was a frequent guest on television and radio shows.
Baron is survived by her daughters Gretchen Overstolz and Theresa Overstolz, sons Danny Williams, Sandy Frazier and John Frazier, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son, Michael Williams.
Arrangements are being handled by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services.