Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
In 1999 Gary McCullough disappeared. His wife said he had left the farm in his truck about 6:30 p.m. on May 11th and was headed to Diamond to buy a white fighting rooster and that he never returned.
Supervisory personnel at George's Processing plant in Butterfield were first to notice that Gary had failed to report in for his scheduled shift on Wednesday, May 12, 1999, and called his rural Cassville home to see if there was a problem. Plant supervisors called the home again on May 13, 1999, when Gary, usually a reliable and steady worker, once more failed to report in for his scheduled shift.
His cousin went to the Barry County Sheriff's Department on May 13, 1999, to report his concerns over his missing relative. He related to law enforcement officials the history of marital problems between Gary and his then-wife.
After several searches at the farm and other areas cops found McCullough's flat-bed truck on May 14, abandoned on a dead end road in Pulaskifield. Family members told investigator's that McCullough was a creature of habit and always took the same northbound route because his truck wasn't licensed.
Nine years later Gary's step-daughter Liehnia Chapin also vanished. Liehnia was declared missing after a family member secretly recorded her allegedly saying Gary was murdered.
In the intervening years, McCullough's Social Security number was used once, but authorities believe the individual had no connection with his disappearance.
Conspiracy to commit murder charges filed against a suspect for Gary's 1999 disappearance were dropped a year later. Family members of Gary McCullough asked the court to declare their loved one dead in 2005.
Foul play is suspected.
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Barry County Sheriff's Office