Jonathan Brawner, Mastermind of One Failed Kidnapping, Claims He Hid John Glasgow's Body

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

Although very little is known about Glasgow’s disappearance, it is easy to overlay the outline of the Daven plot onto the sketchy timeline and general geography of the Glasgow case.

Glasgow, as chief financial officer, would have had access to CDI accounts, and his car was seen pulling away from his Little Rock home early on a weekday morning. Cellphone signals indicate that, within two hours after his car left home, Glasgow’s phone was in the area roughly bounded by Lake Conway in Faulkner County on the east and Wye Mountain on the Perry/Pulaski County line in the west.

Where Glasgow was during those hours is part of the mystery.

By late morning, the phone was near a tower on Petit Jean Mountain in Conway County. When Glasgow’s car was discovered the next day — at Mather Lodge in Petit Jean State Park, 30 miles from the Daven home — his phone and laptop computer were inside.

Tracking dogs could never pick up Glasgow’s scent outside his Volvo SUV, which may indicate that he was not in it by the time it arrived at Petit Jean. And that would fit with the broad outline of Brawner’s story: that he helped people to whom he owed money bury Glasgow’s body someplace completely different, near England in Lonoke County southeast of Little Rock.

There are differences, of course. Daven had employed Brawner and then fired him for stealing some $6,000 from the company. There is no known connection between Brawner and Glasgow — although there may have been one between the unknown people Brawner claims killed Glasgow.

If Glasgow was abducted in an attempt to get money out of him, that part failed utterly, just as the attempted kidnapping of Daven would 18 months later. No money was ever missing, personal or corporate.

Daven, however, puts little stock in anything Brawner says.

“He will lie to your face even when he doesn’t have to,” he said.

Since Then ...

2014: John Glasgow has not been found nor has his disappearance been explained.

In 2011, Pulaski County Circuit Judge H. Vann Smith granted Melinda Glasgow’s petition to have her husband declared dead. “John has been missing for three years without any credible information surfacing in that period that would suggest he might be alive somewhere,” Smith wrote.

Jon Brawner, who confessed to the attempted kidnapping of Conway County businessman Jim Daven in 2009, is the only person who has ever publicly claimed to have any knowledge about Glasgow’s fate. But intensive searches of the Lonoke County beanfield where he said he helped dig a grave turned up nothing.

“I have just resigned myself that I may never know. I’ve turned it over to the universe and moved forward,” Melinda Glasgow told Arkansas Business in 2013.

CDI Contractors, where John was CFO, is now wholly owned by Dillard’s Inc. William Clark left in 2009 to start Clark Contractors, which topped $100 million in revenue in 2012.

Brawner was convicted of stalking his ex-wife, which also violated his parole in the Daven kidnapping case. He is currently an inmate of the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Tucker Unit, with an anticipated release date of Dec. 5 of this year.



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