North American Missing Persons Network
Patty Inez Brightwell Vaughan

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Above Images: Vaughan, circa 1996

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 25, 1996 from La Vernia, Wilson County, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 17, 1964
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 5'4"-5'7"
  • Weight: 120-135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears.
    Small mole on right side of chin and appendectomy scar.
  • Clothing: Dark colored pants and a cream colored blouse.
    A black purse containing keys with a small wooden "cross" key chain.
  • Jewelry: Gold ring with a "shell" design on right hand, necklace
    with a diamond "heart" pendant, diamond stud earrings, and a gold watch,
    a wedding band, and possibly a thumb ring.
  • AKA: Maiden name is "Brightwell"
  • NCIC Number: M-987956672

  • Details of Disappearance
    Patty Vaughan was last seen at her residence located at 152 Oak Park Road on Christmas Eve 1996, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
    She is believed to have driven off after an argument with her estranged husband. Patty did not visit with nor call anyone. On Thursday afternoon, December 26, 1996 (the same day a relative reported her missing), Patty's blue Dodge Caravan was recovered on Loop 1604 in South Bexar County 5 miles from her employment and 15 miles from her residence. 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 possible.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Bexar County Sheriff's Office
    (210) 270-6070
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    (800) 346-3243

    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    Bexar County Sheriff's Office
    Bexar County Cold Case Files