Missing woman search persists
December 6, 2005
SUMMIT COUNTY – Kathleen McCormick’s life has been consumed by the search for her missing mother for the past week. She hasn’t returned to work full-time, instead dedicating nearly all her waking hours to her mother’s mysterious disappearance.Earlier this week, she and a girlfriend plastered fliers in English and Spanish all over the Colorado Mills shopping mall in Denver; another friend took fliers to the Flatiron Crossing Mall in Broomfield. She continues to give on-camera interviews to Denver television stations to help keep attention focused on her mother’s case.”It’s been eight days and I just don’t want it to be forgotten,” McCormick said.Patricia McCormick, 62, was last seen on Nov. 28 delivering auto parts in Keystone for her job as a driver for Frisco-based NAPA Auto Parts.
The Frisco Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office launched a full-scale search of the county, even exploring the waters below the ice in Dillon Reservoir, before Undersheriff Derek Woodman announced Thursday that police are confident the truck is not inside county lines.Since then, few leads on the case have come into the Frisco Police Department, which is not typical when police air a statewide “be on the look out” for a vehicle, as they did for the NAPA truck McCormick was last seen driving, said town of Frisco spokesperson Linda Lichtendahl. Nevertheless, detectives continue to concentrate on the case.”They have located new acquaintances of Patricia’s that they’re following up on. They’re trying to expand the whole scope of the network of people she’s interacted with over the last couple years,” Lichtendahl said.Patricia McCormick moved from Buffalo, N.Y., to Summit County eight years ago, where her daughter was already living.
“One phone conversation we had, I got the feeling she was lonely so I invited her to come up here,” McCormick recalled. She and her mother lived together for two years before the elder McCormick moved into her own place in Dillon Valley. Her mother enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and cold weather that Summit County provided, Kathleen said.Before NAPA hired her a year ago, Patricia McCormick worked for Mountain Managers as a property manager in Breckenridge, where she often tended to the landscaping and gardening. She is intelligent, loves books and prefers reading or watching television at home to a social scene, Kathleen said.She and Kathleen’s routine was to meet up at least twice a week to grab a beer and French fries at the Moose Jaw in Frisco, to eat Chinese food or to peruse thrift shops together. They talked on the telephone about four times a week.Kathleen has not received any information in the past week that indicates how or why McCormick disappeared, but she remains hopeful that her mother is alive, and believes she is somewhere in Colorado.”My girlfriends and family friends of my mom back East feel positive that she’s not dead, so I’m trying to go on that hope because all kinds of ugly things go into my mind, as you can imagine,” McCormick said. “That hope they have is keeping me going – if I didn’t have them I’d go insane.”
Support has also come from Sarah Vaine, executive director of the Advocates for Victims of Assault, a group that works with people experiencing trauma.McCormick said the local police have been relentless in investigating the case, employees at NAPA Auto Parts and Carquest have chipped in with the search and complete strangers have walked up to her to ask if they can do anything to help.”It’s really amazing the support that has come from the entire community. After living here 11 years, it’s really nice to know that people care,” she said.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 13625, or at firstname.lastname@example.org