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Patty Vaughan was last seen on Christmas Day, December 25, 1996.
She lived in a small town near San Antonio, Texas.
She was 32 years old at the time of her disappearance and the mother of three young children, whom she adored.

JR and Patty in better times on left, with friends on left part of photo on right.

She had been separated from her husband for several months and had rekindled a romance with an old boyfriend. This new relationship was the cause of a fierce argument between Patty and her estranged husband on Christmas Day, 1996, the day of her disappearance.

Charlie and Bob Salter on left, hunting for Patti on right.

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.

All family members believe her to be dead, but extensive searches during the past year have failed to locate her body.

  Looking for burial sites on left while Parker hangs out of chopper with digital camera on right.

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.

Titan seeks Patty

This map was drawn up by an intuitive to help
shed some light on this case.

Although several law enforcement agencies are actively working this case, Patty's family asked UNSOLVED CRIMES to also become involved. The family is desperate to locate Patty's remains; no charges can be filed until a body is discovered. If you have any information that may be of help, please e-mail us at:

If you have any information that may help us in any way, please fax us at 210-828-4867 or write to us at:

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