John Glasgow Letter Shows Strained Relationship Between Dillard's, CDI

by Gwen Moritz  on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 5:06 pm  

Missing CDI Contractors executive John Glasgow, seen with his wife Melinda in a photo submitted by his family. Glasgow has been missing since Jan. 28.

A forensic audit, ordered by CDI and conducted by a Kansas City company, of John Glasgow's company-issued laptop computer, the desktop computer in his office and the company's books came up clean, according to Melinda Glasgow.

‘All the Odd Stuff'

More than 700 people were missing in Arkansas on the last day of January, and that's typical of any given day. But the disappearance of John Glasgow is anything but typical.

"What makes it odd? All the odd stuff," said George Stowe-Rains, a search and rescue specialist with the Arkansas Forestry Commission who helped lead the search for Glasgow on Petit Jean Mountain in late January.

Most missing persons are young - two-thirds are under age 21 - and more than half are female, according to the Arkansas Crime Information Center. Minorities are more common among the missing than among the general population.

Glasgow - white, male and 45 - was already part of a small minority of missing persons. Of the 701 who were missing in the state as of Jan. 31, 46 were white men in their 40s, according to the ACIC's Sharron Stallings. But he was the only one who was chief financial officer of one of the state's largest private companies.

And it's probably safe to assume he's the only one who banked a $300,000 annual bonus just days before he was reported missing.

"There's just so much bizarreness that went against his character, or what the family described as his character," said Stowe-Rains, who is county ranger for Benton County and a 20-year veteran of search-and-rescue operations. "Not finding any good sign of him, the dogs not hitting any kind of trail, was just bizarre."

John's oldest brother, Little Rock lawyer Roger Glasgow, agrees:

"Every scenario you can imagine has a great big hole in it that you just can't bridge. It seems to me he had every reason to stay and no reason to run away."

‘Stand-up' Guy

John Glasgow had been CFO of CDI Contractors for 12 years and "a trusted member of the CDI family for more than 17 years," according to a statement issued by William Clark on Jan. 31.



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