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.

"I knew that if he wasn't at work, something was wrong. That's just not John. He's the most responsible person I have known in my entire life," Melinda said.

After the three called in vain anyone who might know where he went, Chandler called the Little Rock Police Department. The responding officer was persuaded to make a missing person report even though John had been missing only for about 12 hours. The report bears the time 5:54 p.m.

The police report sounded ominous: "J. Glasgow had recently been stressed over events occurring at work but he never made any statements about harming himself. ... M. Glasgow advised that J. Glasgow wrote a bank account number and the code to their personal safe on a pad of paper and left it on the table along with some checks to be mailed. M. Glasgow also advised that a 22 rifle was missing from the residence."

The last part irritates Melinda. It was Chandler, she said, who told the police about the only firearm John owned, a single-shot antique that was later found in an armoire in the Glasgow home.

"It was ridiculous of Mitch to even mention it," Melinda said. "It was never a concern for me."

And the significance of the account number and safe code is unclear. Roger Glasgow said they were written in John's handwriting on the second page of a notepad on which Melinda kept her "to-do list," but it's not known when he wrote them. They weren't left in a conspicuous location, Melinda said.

"There wasn't one single thing that alarmed me at all. Nothing," she said, not even with the benefit of hindsight. "I've retraced it a hundred times - well, should I have looked here or noticed that? - and nothing."

The account was the joint account with Melinda, and the number wasn't secret - it was printed on their checks. The combination to the safe was also kept elsewhere in the house.

"Really, I guess we kind of hyped the significance of those items to expedite the missing-persons report," Roger said. "Except for the rifle. That did concern me."

The Only Clue

Because CDI owned the Alltel cell phone John Glasgow carried, William Clark called Scott Ford, CEO of Alltel Corp. of Little Rock, and asked him to expedite a trace. By Tuesday investigators knew that the phone had bounced an electronic "ping" off a cellular tower near Petit Jean on Monday, although it had not been used to make any calls since Sunday.

That information quickly led to the discovery early Tuesday afternoon of Glasgow's Volvo. Melinda said that news persuaded her that John would be located in short order. Her worst fear was that he was injured.



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