New MP of the week: Zeta Gordon

Finally changed the missing person of the week: it’s Zeta D. Gordon, a 43-year-old woman who went for a drive after an argument with her husband and never came back. This was in Atchison County, Kansas in the wee hours of October 5, 1992 — my seventh birthday. (I think I got a Baby Rollerblade doll that year.)

It’s not clear what happened to Zeta. On the one hand, her car was found abandoned with her belongings, including her purse, inside. On the other hand, after she went missing there were sightings of her in the area, and some of the witnesses were people who knew her. Her husband, who was never named as a suspect in her disappearance, took his own life in 1997. I don’t know whether they had any children.

If she’s still alive, Zeta would be 65 years old today.

7 thoughts on “New MP of the week: Zeta Gordon

  1. Angie April 22, 2014 / 11:28 am

    Was her husband the only stated witness to her saying she was going to take a drive, or were her children witness to that also?

    • Meaghan April 22, 2014 / 11:34 am

      I looked it up (something I should have done before I wrote this entry) and found an article about her disappearance that gives a lot of info. Her husband, whose name was Wayne, committed suicide only a few months into his second marriage. No note. He and Zeta had two children, one of whom witnessed her driving off that night.

      Wayne Gordon, incidentally, was the son of a former state senator.

      • Angie April 22, 2014 / 11:47 am

        Hmmm, so at least we know he wasn’t lying about that part, although divorcing her the same year she disappeared is MASSIVELY suspicious in my eyes. Maybe he was driven to suicide by people thinking he was the one who killed her. The suitcase found in her car seems to indicate she was planning on leaving for good?

        Also Stewart Simmons is still listed…it might be better to take his profile down even if it’s not listed in Resolved Cases because then people might submit him as a potential match to other UID cases.

  2. Brandi December 27, 2015 / 9:32 am

    They had 3 children together, whom at the time were ages ranging 9-23. The older of the kids witnessed her leave.
    Wayne was a subject of interest in her disappearance. He divorced Zeta 2 years after her disappearance and remarried Pam in 1997 and then hung himself in 98 at the boy scout camp where he gave much of his time.

  3. K August 8, 2016 / 6:37 pm

    I was in Atchison for a friends wedding, I met the daughter of Wayne and Zeta. It was shortly after she went missing. There is a lot not being told in this story. The daughter pulled out a scrapbook of all the articles written about this story. They did I fact have 3 kids together, the daughter and oldest son believed there dad had everything to do with the mothers disappearance, the oldest son would no longer have anything to do with Wayne and the daughter who was barely out of high school who was still living at home was visibly scared of her dad when he walked in while she was showing us the scrapbook. She absolutely believed her dad was guilty the younger brother was to young to understand. The daughter said she thought that her mom and dad were meeting somewhere later to talk and that’s where her car was found. Her dad accused mom of having an affair with someone and was trying to shift the blame onto someone else. From everything the daughter said I believe he was to blame

  4. B Gordon August 8, 2018 / 10:25 pm

    I don’t know if this is still a monitored forum (4 years old), but I will leave a post anyway to whomever it may concern.

    This appears to be a page dedicated to spreading gossip and rumor instead of a resource used to resolve a missing persons case nearly 26 years old.
    The posts on this page clearly have an opinion that Wayne was involved with Zeta’s disappearance. Why waste the time and energy to very poorly research a case that should be closed, if these rash judgments are to be believed?
    These blogs are perpetuating the idea that a dead father of 3 is the cause of something that completely changed the lives of many people in that community from many different families.
    I can only hope other cases you comment and blog about are a better use of your time and are meant to bring closure to people that truly understand loss…
    I would like to help correct a few of the “facts” posted on this blog that are judgments and speculations, similar to what circulated for many years around the small town that this case originates from.
    The oldest son was not witness to her leaving the home. He was 22 years old and was away, living in his college town. He did help locate the car with his sister, but only after he was notified that there were concerns with her whereabouts.
    To suggest Wayne’s daughter was frightened by her father is incredibly insensitive to the people affected by this case and is only meant to add fuel to the fire of rumors that won’t let this case die. Not to mention, it is strictly a matter of opinion, by an individual that neither knew this family, nor has experience in reading traumatized teenager’s mannerisms or expressions.
    Another inaccurate and completely arrogant assumption is that the youngest son was too young to understand the gravity of this case. I may have been 9 years old. I may have had very little time to observe the world that was developing around me. I may even, to this day, wonder what exactly took place at that abandoned farm house, but I absolutely understood that my life would never be the same, after that night. That was the night that my mother told me good bye.

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