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Case File 1557DFTX


Patty Inez Brightwell-Vaughan
Missing since December 25, 1996 from La Vernia, Wilson County, Texas
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Vaughan was last seen between 18.30  - 21.00 by her estranged husband at their residence in Wilson County, Texas
on December 25, 1996.

Patty and her husband began a trial separation in October 1996. He moved into an apartment in San Antonio, Texas and Patty remained at their residence on Oak Park Road in La Vernia, Texas with their three children. The couple had been married since 1985. Patty was dating a former boyfriend in December 1996 and the relationship apparently caused an argument between Patty and her estranged husband at her home on December 25, 1996.
She is believed to have driven off after an argument with her husband.

Her husband told authorities that Patty left the house alone on December 25 and simply vanished. He filed for divorce from his wife on December 26, one day after Patty was last seen. Other family members reported her as a missing person to authorities. Patty's blue Dodge Caravan was discovered abandoned with a flat tire on December 26, one day after she was last seen. The vehicle was located on Loop 1604 in South Bexar County, approximately 5 miles from Patty's employer and 15 miles from her home. Tests revealed that the tire had been intentionally deflated.

Investigators searched her residence and vehicle and discovered blood inside the van, on the walls and floor of Patty's bedroom and on a mop inside the house. Someone had attempted to clean the blood from the premises prior to discovery. DNA testing proved that the blood was Patty's. She has never been located and no arrests have been made in connection with her case.

Foul play is suspected in Patty's disappearance due to the circumstances involved.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Bexar County Sheriff's Office
Criminal Investigations Division
210-335-6041 or 210-335-6034

Texas Department of Public Safety

Bexar County Case Number: 96-66916
TX DPS Case Number: M9708003

NCIC Number: M-987956672
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Texas Department of Public Safety
BCSO Missing Persons
BCSO Cold Case Files
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