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.

But the official search - involving the Conway County Sheriff's Office, the Arkansas State Police, state and national park rangers, forestry officials and various county search-and-rescue units - was finally called off after five days.

George Stowe-Rains of the Arkansas Forestry Commission arrived at Petit Jean on Wednesday night to act as "incident commander." He won the respect of Melinda Glasgow, who called him the best official who worked on the search, but he laughs off Roger Glasgow's description of him as a kind of psychological profiler.

"I know a lot about lost-person behavior, and we use a lot of statistical data," Stowe-Rains said. "It's not that we profile, but we know a lot about what lost people do, whether they are hikers, hunters, berry-pickers, whether they go uphill or whatever."

Stowe-Rains brought in a dog and handler with whom he has had success in the past, to no avail. While even intense searches can sometimes miss the mark, Stowe-Rains doesn't think John Glasgow was there to be found.

"If he was on that mountain, we'd have found him. I feel relatively certain that we would have," he said.

The Glasgow family later paid to bring in trained dogs and handlers from Maine and Virginia, and their inability to find any sign at all finally persuaded the family to abandon the search on Petit Jean. Even John's brother Randy Glasgow of Nashville, "who wouldn't leave the mountain and couldn't leave the mountain," was persuaded to come down, Melinda said.

Stowe-Rains said last week that the Glasgow case still had him "befuzzled."

"There's something fishy," he said, but he's no conspiracy theorist. In fact, he said, 80-plus searches over 20 years have taught him that "the more conspiratorial you get, the farther you get from what actually happened."

"In search and rescue, you learn to keep it simple. If [a lost person's] car is parked at the trailhead, then he's probably hiking on the trail. If the car is parked at the lodge" - as Glasgow's was - "then he's probably staying at the lodge. Or he's going to go for a walk near the lodge and come back to his car in a little while. ...

"Either [Glasgow] accomplished his plan to disappear or something went completely wrong on him clearing his head and he's up on the mountain. But I just don't think that."

Searchers quickly considered whether Glasgow might have flown away; there is an uncontrolled private airstrip on Petit Jean. But Stowe-Rains said, "We really didn't put any validity into that because if he was going to fly out of there, he would have parked closer to the strip."

There's no evidence to suggest that anyone beside John Glasgow drove his car to Mather Lodge. "Nothing leads us to believe that, with his personal items in it. And that's another thing - if you are wanting to dump a car, why would you dump the car in the fricking parking lot?"



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