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Missing Patricia Ann Calloway
Patricia, circa 1993; Vernon Calloway in 2012; Debra Calloway in 2012
Missing Since 03/03/1993
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 06/20/1954 (66)
Age 38 years old
Height and Weight 5'0, 105 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A nurse's uniform and a long brown coat.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Patricia's nickname is Patsy. Her maiden name is Kessinger.
Details of Disappearance Patricia was last seen at her place of employment, the Professional Care Home in Hartford, Kentucky, on March 3, 1993. She worked as a nursing assistant. Her former brother-in-law, Vernon Eugene Calloway, paid her a visit and told her that her ex-husband, his brother Larry Ray Calloway, had filed for a license to marry his girlfriend. Patricia and Larry had been divorced for a year, but still lived together.
Authorities initially believed Patricia had left of her own accord, but later said she was missing under suspicious circumstances and probably dead. Investigators think she was blackmailing Larry at the time of her disappearance by threatening to go to the police and implicate him in a 1991 arson case.
Patricia was seen with Vernon in his 1978 Chevrolet Blazer on the day she disappeared. He had allegedly threatened to cut her throat. Larry and Vernon were later charged with the arson of Larry's home. Larry pleaded guilty in 1995 and said he'd paid Vernon $1,000 to burn down the residence, but Vernon was acquitted at trial.
Patricia left behind three adult children and several grandchildren and step-grandchildren. She didn't take any clothes or very much money when she disappeared, and she never picked up her last paycheck or accessed her bank account. Her family held a memorial service for her in March 2000, seven years after she vanished, and she was declared legally dead in December 2001.
In October 2012, nearly a decade after Patricia's disappearance, Vernon and his wife, Debra Angeline Calloway, were charged with murder in her case. Photos of the suspects are posted with this case summary. Both of them maintained that they were not involved in Patricia's disappearance and they believed she had simply walked out of her life after she found out her ex-husband was planning to marry another woman.
Vernon died of natural causes in July 2013, before he could be tried. His sister later testified that he confessed to the murder shortly before his death. Debra was tried for murder, retaliation, evidence tampering and kidnapping in 2014, but the kidnapping charge was dismissed during the trial.
Larry testified that Patricia had been present when he and Vernon plotted to burn down Larry's house for the insurance money, and she was also there when Larry paid Vernon for his role in the crime.
Foul play is suspected in Patricia's case due to the circumstances involved. Her body has never been found.
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