John Glasgow to Dillard's: ‘Call Off the Dogs'

by Gwen Moritz  on Monday, Mar. 31, 2014 12:00 am  

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.

Glasgow — white, male and 45 — was already part of a small minority of missing persons. He was the only one who was chief financial officer of one of the state’s largest private companies. And it’s safe to assume he’s the only one who had banked a $300,000 annual bonus days before he vanished.

“There’s just so much bizarreness that went against his character, or what the family described as his character,” said Stowe-Rains, a Benton County ranger 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.

“John is very stand-up, a good neighbor and a good friend,” said Brian Rosenthal, Glasgow’s next-door neighbor for more than 12 years.

Rosenthal saw, or thought he did, John’s familiar Volvo SUV leaving the house he shared with Melinda at 5:15 a.m. Jan. 28, a Monday. By 4:30 that afternoon, a tourist’s photo proves, it was parked — unlocked with his laptop computer, company-issued cellphone and credit card and a personal debit card inside — in the parking lot in front of Mather Lodge in Petit Jean State Park.

Speculation about Glasgow’s whereabouts has become almost a parlor game, but as for solid clues, that’s it. Thousands of man-hours spent searching the state park and canvassing businesses in the area turned up nothing. Absolutely nothing.

“The only thing putting him on that mountain was his car. We have a picture so we know it was there,” Stowe-Rains said. But “you know, your car can be someplace and you can be someplace completely different.”



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