John Glasgow Disappearance Timeline

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LITTLE ROCK, AR – Remains found at Petit Jean State Park on Wednesday were positively identified Thursday as missing Little Rock businessman John Glasgow.

Glasgow, 45, an executive with the firm CDI Contactors, had not been seen in more than seven years. 

Here’s a timeline of the case:
  • January 28, 2008 – A neighbor told police he saw Glasgow’s vehicle leave from his home on South Lookout Street in Little Rock shortly after 5 that morning. At 2:30 that afternoon, Glasgow’s wife find out he did not show up for work. A cellphone ping later that day indicated the phone was in the vicinity of Petit Jean Mountain.
  • January 29, 2008 – Glasgow’s 2005 Volvo SUV is found in the parking lot of Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park. His cellphone, laptop and other belongings are still inside the unlocked car. 
  • February 2, 2008 – A five-day search for any sign of Glasgow at Petit Jean is called off. 
  • February 8, 2008 – The Glasgow family offers a reward of $5,000 in the case. The amount would later grow to $70,000 and briefly went up to $100,000 in May 2009. 
  • February 29, 2008 – Glasgow’s wife Melinda releases a copy of a letter her husband had written three days before he disappeared. It refers to tension between executives at CDI and Dillard’s Chief Financial Officer, James Freeman. “For Freeman to come down here and say we are dishonest, hurt us to the core,” it reads. It goes on to say, “we have never been so offended in our lives.” The letter suggests that Glasgow wrote intended those words for Dillards, Inc. CEO William Dillard. The letter was actually addressed to William Clark, CEO of CDI — Glasgow was offering an example of what he would say to Dillard. Dillard’s and CDI have both said Glasgow was not suspected of any wrongdoing, but his letter reveals that there was tension over accounting practices. “I’m certainly not suggesting anybody did anything to him from Dillard’s,” Glasgow family spokesperson Chip Welch said. “But maybe this sheds some light on why he may have gone missing and some people who ought to be asked questions about their whereabouts when they last saw him.”
  • February 2, 2011 – Melinda Glasgow files a request with a Pulaski County Circuit Court asking that her husband be declared dead so the family can begin moving beyond the pain of his disappearance. The request was approved on April 13, 2011.
  • January 2012 – Faulkner County jail inmate Jon Brawner leads police to a field in Lonoke County where he claims to have helped bury Glasgow in 2008. A dig in the area turned up nothing.
  • March 11, 2015 – Part of a skull is found at Petit Jean State Park in the Red Bluff area by two hikers. The area is described as so remote and rugged that hikers are urged to avoid it.
  • March 12, 2015 – The remains are identified as John Glasgow. His family holds a news conference in Little Rock.

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