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aussiegran
02-23-2006, 02:32 PM
PLEASANTON, Texas -- Law enforcement authorities and cadaver dogs searched a piece of property Wednesday in Pleasanton in connection with the disappearance of Patty Vaughan, a Wilson County woman who has been missing since December 1996.



The owner of the land told authorities that J.R. Vaughan, the husband of the missing woman, dug a pit on the property in December 1996, the same month that Patty Vaughn disappeared.



J.R. Vaughan, who has never been charged in connection with his wife's disappearnce, worked for a construction company at the time.



"He had access to the pit," said Patsy Wallace, the missing woman's mother. "He worked here every day."



"There was a very limited time frame that someone would have had, possibly to dispose of the body," said Mark Dubose, an attorney representing the Wallace family.



Cadaver dogs failed to detect a scent since the property sits adjacent to a cemetery.



Texas Rangers told Wallace that they don't have enough leads to dig up the site, but Wallace said she plans on asking a missing persons organization from Houston if it will conduct a dig.
http://www.ksat.com/news/7346273/detail.html
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:furious: why didnt the property owner tell LE about this when she went missing.
I hope someone helps dig the pit out.

bykerladi
02-23-2006, 02:47 PM
Why isn't the OWNER digging the site now? If I thought someone buried their dead wife in my backyard, I'd be out there in a minute with a shovel!!!

TB-Calgary
02-23-2006, 02:49 PM
Me too!!!!

babydust2004
02-23-2006, 04:19 PM
I would probably dig too,but I might possibly be afraid of messing up any evidence that could convict the person responsible.Some people may just not be sure what to do.Dig and possibly find the body but possibly mess up evidence or don't dig and never get answers for this family.Hard decision I would think.

CrimeHater
02-23-2006, 04:28 PM
Thats what I was thinking too babydust. I would totally want to know! BUT again, I wouldn't want to tamper wit evidence.
My question is why now, after so long break silence?? This was back in 1996 for crying out loud. :waitasec:

Gmommy
02-23-2006, 04:44 PM
Could have been fear keeping them from reporting or maybe they just didn't make the connection about their tennant digging and were reading a story about the missing woman and were suddenly remembering that the guy had been digging right around that time.

Maybe they didn't dig for the reasons others suggested-fear of tampering with evidence. Or it is possible they were just elderly and not physically ablel to dig.

wondering22
05-27-2006, 11:28 PM
This is really eerie... Patty Vaughan disappeared the same day that Jon Benet disappeared. Patty has been searched for extensively and many times, and her mother even got into trouble for assaulting the husband, who is the prime suspect as Patty's blood was found in many places.

It's not like her story hasn't been in the local Texas news.

It strikes me as very peculiar that this individual is suddenly remembering JR's pit of almost a decade ago.

Here's the URL to a website about Patty Vaughan made by a close friend. Very informative and filled with links.

MagicRose99
05-28-2006, 10:13 AM
PSST! What URL? :confused:



This is really eerie... Patty Vaughan disappeared the same day that Jon Benet disappeared. Patty has been searched for extensively and many times, and her mother even got into trouble for assaulting the husband, who is the prime suspect as Patty's blood was found in many places.

It's not like her story hasn't been in the local Texas news.

It strikes me as very peculiar that this individual is suddenly remembering JR's pit of almost a decade ago.

Here's the URL to a website about Patty Vaughan made by a close friend. Very informative and filled with links.

wondering22
05-28-2006, 12:12 PM
Patty Brightwell Vaughan at analyticalQ
Facts on Patty Brightwell Vaughan. ... 26 Dec 1996: Patty's cousin filed missing person report with Bexar County Sheriff's Office ...

http://www.analyticalq.com/patty/default.htm

In the news on Patty Brightwell Vaughan at analyticalQ

DNA evidence confirmed Monday that blood found in Patty Vaughan's abandoned van and home belonged to the Wilson County mother missing since Christmas. ...

http://www.analyticalq.com/patty/news.htm

jodierenee
05-29-2006, 03:32 PM
Sounds like she was killed while taking a bath or shower...then the body was brought into the van...the van was abandoned on the side of the road and most likely her killer (obviously the husband) caught a ride with a friend and buried the body

hope they get this scumbag behind bars. I hope he dosen't have custody of the children! And to murder his wife on Christmas Day....:behindbar

jodierenee
05-29-2006, 03:34 PM
http://www.unsolvedcrimes.com/patty.html



Her husband claims she left the house alone after the argument and simply never returned. The following day, December 26, 1996, her van was found abandoned and with a flat tire. Later tests revealed that the tire had been intentionally deflated. On this same day, her husband filed for divorce; other family members reported her missing to the police.

Luminol tests revealed that blood had been cleaned from Patty's van, from the walls and floor of her bedroom, and from a mop found in her house. DNA testing has determined that the blood in all locations was Patty's.


Hope LE fingerprinted the mop......

wondering22
05-29-2006, 05:09 PM
While I was a doing a search for something else, one of the results was a super long, very long thread in another forum entitled something like, "List of Husbands Who Have Murdered Their Wives."

I didn't open it up, but some day I'll have to check it out - evidentally, it's become quite common.

Just DISGUSTING.

aussiegran
07-04-2007, 09:34 PM
:( I am glad for the family that the hole was excavated they would always wonder if it wasnt .


A tip came in through the family attorney that JR Vaughan had dug a large deep hole with a backhoe around the time Patty disappeared on the property connected to and since purchased by the Pleasanton Cemetery. 3 eyewitnesses came forward and confirmed they saw the same thing during the same time.

Patty's family enlisted the help of Monica Caison and the CUE CENTER, a missing persons organization out of North Carolina, to help plan, finanance and conduct a dig.

http://findpatty.conforums.com/index.cgi?board=searches&action=display&num=1178556687

mysteriew
07-05-2007, 09:46 PM
While I was a doing a search for something else, one of the results was a super long, very long thread in another forum entitled something like, "List of Husbands Who Have Murdered Their Wives."

I didn't open it up, but some day I'll have to check it out - evidentally, it's become quite common.

Just DISGUSTING.

There are something like an average of three domestic violence murders each day in the US.

hoppyfrog
10-14-2007, 08:39 PM
"The Official Website for Finding Patty Vaughan"

http://www.findpattyvaughan.com/

Texas Dept of Public Safety page for Patty

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/MPCH/mpdetails.asp?id='M10/1/200112:27:40PM'

Carole Sund Foundation page for Patty

http://www.carolesundfoundation.com/sections/missing?person=457

Rle7
12-26-2007, 07:10 PM
Eleven years ago, on Christmas Day, Patty Vaughan disappeared without a trace, leaving behind a family eager for closure and investigators who are constantly looking for clues.

"She sang like an angel," Patsy Wallace, Patty's mother, said.

Patty's memory is vivid for family and friends who wonder exactly what happened to this young mother of three children. Over time, Vaughan's mother has developed her own theory.

"I know she was, she was murdered," Wallace said.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA122407.KENS.vaughn.473f4910.html?npc

FLMom
12-27-2007, 10:42 AM
He had access to a pit next to a cemetery? Was it an active cemetery? Were there any burials there around the time she disappeared? If so, I'd be more inclined to look at the cemetery than the backyard pit.

Thank you for posting an update for us, Rle7.

Rle7
05-18-2008, 01:18 PM
Nearly 12 years after her disappearance, investigators may have a possible break in finding out what happened to San Antonio mom Patty Vaughn.

Bexar County investigators now handling the case decided to investigate a pile of clothes found inside the missing woman's van and may have found a new piece of evidence.

Investigators found a red workman's jumpsuit inside a pile of men's clothing where Vaughn's blood was found in 1996.

"What jumped out is that this jumpsuit seemed to be a worker... automotive repair or plumbing," Adrian Ramirez said.

Ramirez, along with Louis Antu, are two of the cold case detectives who have taken over the case.

http://www.ksat.com/news/16282075/detail.html?rss=ant&psp=news

hoppyfrog
05-18-2008, 07:40 PM
Nearly 12 years after her disappearance, investigators may have a possible break in finding out what happened to San Antonio mom Patty Vaughn.

Bexar County investigators now handling the case decided to investigate a pile of clothes found inside the missing woman's van and may have found a new piece of evidence.

Investigators found a red workman's jumpsuit inside a pile of men's clothing where Vaughn's blood was found in 1996.

"What jumped out is that this jumpsuit seemed to be a worker... automotive repair or plumbing," Adrian Ramirez said.

Ramirez, along with Louis Antu, are two of the cold case detectives who have taken over the case.

http://www.ksat.com/news/16282075/detail.html?rss=ant&psp=news

They only NOW decided to look at that piece of evidence?????? WTH???

Hoppy

concernedperson
05-18-2008, 08:21 PM
I am sorry but with all the blood evidence they should have reopened the case many years ago when DNA sampling was verified as an absolute. This is shoddy police work and then to find out about the workman's clothes in the pile. I guess they wanted the killer to confess and make the job easier.

And, then, the tip after all this time? I think the tipper was afraid of dying with that on his mind and did the right thing before it was too late. But, it is too late for Patty and her family. This is just terrible all the way around.

I had never seen this thread until today. Or I don't remember seeing it.

barb0301
05-19-2008, 07:31 AM
This has been a huge mystery around this area for years. Many investigations have been done and many searches conducted. It is amazing to me that this new evidence is JUST NOW coming to light. Absolutely AMAZING !!!!

Littledeer
05-19-2008, 06:27 PM
Could it have possibley been "planted"????

It just seems so unbelievable that this jumpsuit now comes to light!!!!! :waitasec::waitasec::waitasec:

Is the tipster the one that brought this to LE's attention or was it only about the pit?

Bobbisangel
05-21-2008, 09:26 PM
Her blood was all over the bedroom and in the van!!! Just unbelievable isn't it.
What were LE thinking by not arresting the husband right then and there? Is this some little rinky dink backwoods town that she lived in where LE don't know their rears from a hole in the ground??!! Guess they wanted a video or something solid like that. What lousy police work.

If I were a part of the family I would have been contacting the Attorney General and everyone else who would listen to me all the while screaming my head off...parking my butt at the police station and raising heck.

Walker007
02-24-2011, 09:41 AM
CALLING ALL THOSE LOOKING TO HELP WITH COLD CASES!!! Here is one that NEEDS help!!!

TODAY on the Susan Murphy Milano Show
They will be talking to Patty's sister and Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Person's "Time's Up" at 3-4pm ET. Listen LIVE:http://zeusradio.com/station/hwt/ and show support for this family.

Patty has been missing since 1996 under very suspicious circumstances PLEASE SHARE!

http://www.ncmissingpersons.org/tag/patty-vaughn/

Noway
03-29-2011, 12:25 AM
Watching Investigation Discovery story on Patty. Hoping LE finds answers for her family.

Noway
03-29-2011, 01:00 AM
Regardless of what her ex husband is quoted as saying (that LE focusing on him as the killer lead the investigation in the wrong direction and let the real killer get away) I still believe his behavior caused those red flags ... and he is my #1 suspect. JMO

cluciano63
03-29-2011, 03:21 PM
It seems as though this case was badly mishandled from the start and could/should have been solved many years ago. Clearly, she was killed or at least injured in the home, by her husband and the van was left on the road later.

How men get away with, or try to get away with, "she left after a fight" is beyond me. We hear it countless time. I have never heard of a woman leaving her home after a fight, except from dubious husbands.

My opinion of course.

KaylynnCouture
05-08-2011, 06:02 PM
Disappearance Remains Unsolved

http://www.ksat.com/news/27808905/detail.html

Mels3kidz
12-22-2011, 02:42 PM
The story comes up every year at this time. So sad.

SAN ANTONIO - Christmas is time for joy and happiness for many people but for the family of Patty Vaughn it's a day that brings back nothing but pain and heartache. This Christmas will mark 15 years since Vaughn disappeared.

"One of the last videos I saw of her was her singing a Christmas song and she had a beautiful voice," Jeannie Iiams said recalling her older sister's love of the holidays.

Iiams' said her older sister Patty loved Christmas. Even when money was tight she made sure everyone got something. One year she made an ornament for her little sister that still goes on her tree ever year.

http://www.ksat.com/news/Investigators-still-trying-to-close-Patty-Vaughn-case-15-years-later/-/478452/6359292/-/dxolxf/-/index.html

The family believes that she's buried in the yard of the home they (Patsy and JR) lived in but the current owner will not allow police to search. I have no idea why but surely they could use ground penetrating sonar to search and not cause any distrubance.

Melissa

M86
05-10-2012, 01:11 AM
This is a missing persons case that makes me sooooo ANGRY!

I found the husband, and the 3 kids on a social media website. They seem happy... from the pics. I just hope the kids research their mom, and their mom's family! I can understand growing up with the dad and manipulating their minds... but they're my age (young 20's). This is a very solvable case.

M86
06-27-2012, 01:02 AM
Bumping... Find the husband guilty!

http://www.ksat.com/news/Investigators-still-trying-to-close-Patty-Vaughn-case-15-years-later/-/478452/6359292/-/dxolxf/-/index.html

M86
07-03-2012, 07:36 AM
Bumping... Let's bring this guy to justice! What do we need to do?

neverletgo
04-17-2013, 02:11 PM
:bump:

Bumping Patty's thread with her episode of Disappeared for anyone that hasn't seen it before:

Disappeared - 03x13 - Silent night - Patty Vaughan - YouTube

acandelas0110
06-18-2013, 03:04 PM
Bumping for Patty!

I live around the area and remember her disappearance very well. My mothers friend was a friend of hers and from what I understand she was a very sweet lady.

IMO husband is #1 suspect and I just hope LE will put this case once again in the spotlight. We need more searches!!!

summer_breeze
11-15-2013, 07:18 AM
http://www.foxsanantonio.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/vid_18184.shtml

By: Yami Virgin
Thursday, November 14 2013, 03:35 PM CST

A new area of interest in the 16 year Patty Vaughan Mystery will soon be explored.

M86
11-17-2013, 02:52 AM
Those kids need to know... Patty didn't abandon them. Bring JR (the husband) to justice!

bexlex
12-31-2013, 12:30 AM
I just saw this show on TV last night. So clear it was the husband and it seemed his sister helped him cover evidence as well. How did that guy manage to get away with it?

:bump:

Bumping Patty's thread with her episode of Disappeared for anyone that hasn't seen it before:

Disappeared - 03x13 - Silent night - Patty Vaughan - YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLdytVL7MVs)

KateB
01-18-2014, 10:44 AM
NamUs status change notice received:

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HauntsForHope
01-18-2014, 11:19 AM
I just watched this story on ID Disappeared, an obvious case of domestic homicide. Not enough evidence to prosecute the husband/killer who had access to places he could conceal her body. He will never admit to it because of the children, but everyone knows it's him. I would think the blood evidence would be enough to charge him, but not enough to convict on.

los2188
03-24-2014, 07:53 PM
Officials dig for remains of woman missing since 1996 -

http://www.news4sanantonio.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/officials-dig-remains-woman-missing-since-1996-9813.shtml

Tssiemer
04-09-2014, 11:42 AM
Watching this now on Diappeared. Isn't it obvious the husband did it? LE just needs evidence.


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