'There Are Similarities' With Glasgow Case, Brawner's Victim Says

After KARK-TV, Channel 4, broke the news Jan. 11 that a Faulkner County jail inmate named Jon Brawner claimed to have helped bury missing CDI Contractors executive John Glasgow, Jim Daven started comparing his experience with Brawner to the few facts known about Glasgow's disappearance.

"The more I think about it and the more detail I see, there are similarities," Daven said last week.

Brawner, who lived at Vilonia and worked in Conway, promised money to two co-workers if they would grab Daven, Brawner's former employer, as he left his home near Menifee in Conway County early on a weekday morning. Although the plan went bad immediately, they had intended to overcome him using a cloth soaked in paint thinner and to drive away in Daven's own truck. They had no getaway vehicle at the scene; the wife of one assailant dropped them at Daven's house in the wee hours of the morning and was waiting a few miles away.

Brawner's plan, as described by co-defendants, was to force Daven to transfer millions of dollars from his client accounts at his commodities brokerage to accounts offshore using a laptop computer.

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.