PATTY Vaughan disappeared on Christmas Eve after fighting her husband – and 25 years on, mysteries still surround the case.
Patty, a 32-year-old mother of three, disappeared on December 25, 1996, after she allegedly had an argument with her husband, JR Vaughan.
He told police she had disappeared from her home in La Vernia, Texas – but her family claimed she was a Christian who would never abandon her children, who was 5 at the time. , 7 and 9 years old.
The pair were said to have separated just two months before Patty disappeared, and JR moved into an apartment in nearby San Antonio, while Patty had to go back to the workforce.
In the years since her disappearance, loved ones have held out hope for Patty, even though she is presumed dead.
“We need to find Patty so we can put her to rest,” said Patty’s sister, Jeannie Iiams, tell Dateline in 2019.
“Our mother is not well. She is 76 years old and has cancer. All I want is for her to have peace.”
Although presumed dead, investigators say Patty’s case was never closed and they have always considered her husband a suspect in the case – but there is still not enough evidence to charge him.
“At this point, we assume she’s passed away,” said Detective Ruben Arevalos of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office two years ago.
“But her case is not cold. It’s not over until we close our doors to the family.”
Authorities have found many strange things in her disappearance, including seven remarkable mysteries that have remained unsolved since 1996.
FINDING VALVE ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD
After her final argument with JR, Patty drives her 1991 blue Dodge Caravan.
While her keys were never found, the pickup truck – a day after she was last seen, was about 15 kilometers from her home, according to authorities.
One of Patty’s co-workers recognized Patty’s truck, saw it had a flat tire, and tried to call her to no avail, so he called JR to get another set of keys.
JR dropped his keys on the way to file for divorce – which the husband said he was doing to try to get back with the kids.
BLOOD IN THE VALVE
Investigators later determined that Patty’s pickup truck tire wasn’t flat – it was still air-filled and had deflated intentionally.
Police also found blood in the truck that was tested to be hers – before finding her blood in the bedroom, closet and bathroom.
‘TRIANGLE OF LOVE’
Police suspect Patty may have been murdered because of her alleged love triangle with her husband JR and a boyfriend named Gary.
According to reports, Patty used to date Gary but after he learned she was getting a divorce, the two got back together.
PLAN FOR CHRISTMAS
On Christmas Eve 1996, Patty and Gary had dinner with their mother’s family and she introduced him as her boyfriend.
The next day, JR said he planned to visit Patty’s house and spend time with the kids before she dropped them off at an aunt’s house so she and Gary could have dinner on Christmas Eve.
THEIR MARRIAGE FIGHT
However, JR told police that he and Patty had argued about their breakup – while they were still married, he questioned whether she was suitable for dating Gary.
The clues in the case lead the police to believe that Gary may be behind Patty’s disappearance.
Gary claims he hasn’t seen Patty since Christmas Eve, provided an alibi for Christmas Day, cooperated with investigators and passed a lie detector test.
Police said he later died in a car crash, and that he was not considered a possible suspect in the case.
Patty’s sister told Gary’s 2019 Dateline: “We don’t really know him. We really only got to know him when we were looking for Patty.”
“He was out there searching with the rest of us. Except JR. He never went out to help find his own wife.”
After JR and Patty got into a fight over Christmas, loved ones stopped by to see mom during the holiday.
But according to the family, JR assumed that Patty was sick and couldn’t see them.
Jeannie said that when they stopped by Patty’s, JR said that Patty was unwell and that she was in her bedroom.
GREAT PHONE CALLS
The younger sister assumed that JR had given Patty the phone, and she looked annoyed and as if she was crying.
Jeannie, who was 18 and lived in Georgia at the time, said she spoke to Patty earlier in the day, but police and other family members say the tearful phone call was the last of the day. anyone, other than JR, talk to Patty.
JR has repeatedly denied any involvement in Patty’s disappearance, and after her disappearance, he is said to have changed his name and moved out of state with the kids.
In 2005, he declared Patty legally dead and tried to get her life insurance money.
In return, her family filed a wrongful civil lawsuit and a judge ruled that the insurance money would go to her children.
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17145176/christmas-missing-mom-patty-vaughan-disappeared/ Seven mysteries in the disappearance of mother of three Patty Vaughan, who disappeared over Christmas 25 years ago after controversy