A Year Later: Family Believes John Glasgow's Dead

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 12:00 am  

John Glasgow, front, has now been missing for a year, gathers with his siblings for a family photo.

In August, Dillard's exercised its option to buy the other half of the construction company from the heirs of founder Bill Clark. Earlier this month, Bill Clark's son, William, resigned as CEO of CDI and told Arkansas Business that Dillard's had rejected his offer to buy the company.

On Dec. 1, Glasgow's wife, Melinda, took a new job as recycling program coordinator for the city of Little Rock. She declined to be interviewed for this story.

Despite Roger Glasgow's words, there have been a number of leads in the case. They just didn't go anywhere.

The Alltel records show, according to Roger, that Glasgow's cell phone bounced a ping off a tower that covers the area between Lake Conway and Wye Mountain at 7:22 a.m., more than two hours after he presumably left home.

"That's more than enough time to get all the way to Petit Jean," Roger noted. But no one has a clue where he was during that time.

A coworker at CDI tried to call Glasgow at 11:40 a.m. The call was not answered, but the signal bounced off the Bartlett Road tower on Petit Jean, so his phone was there by then. A tourist's photo, received a couple of weeks later, showed the Volvo was in the lodge parking lot by 4:30 p.m.; the cell phone was in the unlocked car when it was discovered the day after Glasgow left home.

Bloodhounds brought in by Arkansas State Parks and by the Arkansas Forestry Commission couldn't seem to pick up Glasgow's scent outside his car or in the parking lot. Surveillance videos from businesses between Little Rock and Russellville, including businesses all around Petit Jean, were collected and reviewed, to no avail.

About three weeks later, the Glasgow family paid the travel expenses for a dog handler from Maine and her associate from Virginia. The women claimed their dogs were trained to follow cold trails, even to the point of tracking people who were traveling by car. An employee of the Waffle House in Russellville claimed to have served a man who looked like John Glasgow, and the handlers believed the dogs picked up his scent there.

Roger Glasgow says he appreciates the effort but has no confidence in it.

"We don't believe that he was at that restaurant in Russellville, or any of these reports from people within about a month who thought they saw him," he said.

One of those reported sightings was at a Searcy motel, where a construction crew reported hiring a temporary laborer who resembled John. The man said he had experience in construction and that he couldn't go home.

"It sounded very promising," Roger Glasgow said. But a private investigator from New York, hired by the Glasgow family, waited at the motel until the man returned and talked with him. It wasn't John Glasgow.



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