This has literally never happened before

You know I’ve really been on a roll lately with updates. I posted 20 for today just a few minutes after midnight, went to bed, woke up in the early morning hours and now I’ve started on tomorrow’s updates already.

Anyway, I wanted to bring up a case I’m going to add tomorrow: Kori Glossett, missing from Ohio since late June or early July 2016. I really don’t know much in the way of details yet because I haven’t actually started researching writing the case yet, but things are kind of contradictory — one source I’ve seen gives the place as Van Wert, Ohio and the date as “approximately” July 1, and the other other source says it was Middle Point, Ohio and the date was June 24.

Anyway, the reason I’m writing about Kori is I’m 95% certain I went to school with close relatives of his.

A set of twins named Michael and Michelle Glossett were in my class at the Lincolnview school district in Van Wert County when I was growing up. Lincolnview is a super rural district, to the extent that it doesn’t actually have a town attached to it, but one of their campuses was in Middle Point and many of the students came from there. (And I will note that the name of the town is Middle Point with two words, not Middlepoint, as the link above says. Just makes me wonder how many other errors are out there on state databases and stuff that it would take a local to spot.)

Given the proximity and the surname and the fact that both Michael and Michelle are listed as “friends” on Kori’s Facebook page (along with five other Glossetts), I’m sure Kori has got to be a close relative of those kids I attended school with. Probably not a full brother, because Michael and Michelle are biracial (black and white) and Kori is listed as white. But perhaps a half brother or a cousin.

I actually saw Michelle at a gas station in Van Wert a few months ago, and I was aware of Kori’s disappearance at the time, but I didn’t think to ask her about it until I’d already left.

I’ve never actually known anyone from my life prior to my missing persons involvement who had a relative that disappeared and stayed gone this long. I do have a longtime friend whose grandfather (I think?) disappeared, and he asked me for advice on what to do about it, but the missing man was found (dead, alas) a week or so later.

Anyway. I’ll do the best I can for Kori.

[EDIT: Gah, this is proving difficult. The published information about Kori’s tattoos may be inaccurate. I found photos of the tattoos on his Facebook page but they’re not clear enough to read. See Charley’s Facebook page. Sigh.]

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Let’s Talk About It: William and Margaret Patterson

Middle-aged married couple William Durrell Patterson, 52, and Margaret M. Patterson, 42, vanished from El Paso, Texas on March 5, 1957. They were last seen by a neighbor who dropped by with some Girl Scout cookies. Margaret looked upset at the time and William didn’t seem to want company. That night there was unspecified “unusual activity” observed at the Patterson home. The next day they were gone, and it looked like they had left in a hurry.

William in particular seems to have been involved in some kind of sketchy things. His own father said he “made his living doing sleight-of-hand tricks” and he had always expected the Pattersons to disappear eventually.

There are some indications that they left of their own accord, the appearance of the house nonwithstanding. Let’s break it down:

  • On March 15, the Pattersons’ accountant got a telegram with instructions on how to manage their business in their absence. HOWEVER, the telegram was signed “W.H. Patterson” and not “W.D. Patterson.” The obvious explanations I can think of are (1) William did not really send that telegram or (2) William did send the telegram but messed up his initials on purpose as a duress signal.
  • William’s mistress, who lived in Juarez, said she saw him in the early morning hours of March 6 (the day after he and Margaret were seen in El Paso) and he told her he had important things to tell her and “when they come for me, I’ll have to go in a hurry.” HOWEVER, she later recanted this statement. What I’m wondering is: if William had important things to tell her, why not just tell her right then, since they were together and all?
  • The couple’s business associates went around telling everyone they were on an extended vacation. No word as to where they were getting this information, but as a result they weren’t reported missing for five months.
  • The Pattersons’ lawyer eventually got a letter, supposedly from William, postmarked May 29. It said they were getting out of dodge and would not be returning, and instructing that their property should be divided up. HOWEVER, the selection of heirs was…curious, to say the least, and handwriting experts were not sure that William had actually signed the letter, and for several legal reasons (starting with the fact that Margaret co-owned the couple’s photography business), it had no actual value as a will.

In 1984, a witness went to the police and said he had been hired to clean the Pattersons’ home after they disappeared and he saw blood in the garage, a piece of human scalp stuck to William’s boat propeller, and someone carrying away bloodstained sheets. The witness was an illegal immigrant and he said he didn’t go to the police at the time because he was afraid he’d be deported. I’ve got no idea if there’s any evidence to back up his statement. I’ve watched Forensic Files; I know they have all sorts of gizmos and experts in all kinds of obscure fields of crime scene analysis and it seems like if the house had still been there, they might have found something.

For what it’s worth, Margaret was completely estranged from her family. They hadn’t heard from her in 20 years and they assumed she was dead, which is an odd assumption if you ask me. She was a young healthy woman and she doesn’t appear to have vanished out of their lives into thin air; she became estranged from them because they disapproved of her marriage to William. So why would they assume she was dead?

Now, it’s been 60 years, and both of the Pattersons would be over 100 years old by now, so it’s a safe bet to assume they’re not alive anymore. What I would like to know is: do y’all think they were alive after 1957?

Let’s talk about it.