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.

Brian Rosenthal, an attorney with the Rose Law Firm, set multiple alarm clocks so that he would wake up early on Monday, Jan. 28. He and a client were heading out of town.

While he was making sure that he had turned off all the alarms, Rosenthal heard a car outside.

"I thought that was pretty unusual," he said, but then again, "I'm not up that early all that often, so I couldn't say for sure." It was 5:10 or maybe as late as 5:15 a.m.

He thought maybe a neighbor was being picked up for an early-morning trip to the gym, but when he looked out he saw John Glasgow driving east on South Lookout toward Point Circle, the way he generally headed for work.

At least he assumed it was John. When the family started looking for John later that day, Rosenthal realized that he hadn't actually seen the driver and he hadn't studied the car carefully enough to say without a doubt that it was Glasgow's.

"I saw the car leaving from in front of John's house. I didn't think about it being John's car, but it was a Volvo type. ... I only saw the car. I assumed it was John, yes. When someone asked me later if I had seen John, my answer would have been, yes, I saw him drive off."

A ping from John's cell phone was recorded on an Alltel tower in Little Rock at 5:15 that morning, Roger Glasgow said, so the family doesn't doubt that Rosenthal saw John leaving home. But he never entered the CDI offices that day, and his car hasn't been spotted on surveillance videos along the route to the office.

When Melinda got up, her husband and the Volvo were gone. Since his bathroom was downstairs and he took care of his own wardrobe, she wasn't at all surprised that he could have gotten ready for work and left without waking her.

She went to her own job, which she has since resigned, in the public relations department at Heifer International's headquarters in downtown Little Rock.

Missing Person

About 2:30 that afternoon, Christy Clark, whom John Glasgow had hired as an accountant at CDI and who later married William Clark, called Melinda to ask where John was. He hadn't come to the office that day and no one was able to reach him on his cell phone.

Because CDI is so close to the Glasgows' home, Christy Clark dispatched a search party to his house, but no one was home. Melinda Glasgow called her brother-in-law Roger and John's best friend, PR executive Mitch Chandler, and had them meet her at their house.



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