Patti Adkins

Patti Adkins was looking forward to a week away with her boyfriend in a remote part of Canada in July 2001. When she failed to return from the trip, all was not as it seemed. Somebody was lying but who? This is the story of Patti Adkins-is she missing or is she the victim of a perfect murder?

Patti Adkins was a 29 year old single mother who worked for Honda in Marysville, Ohio. She was in line for a promotion having worked in the business for ten years. July 4th was an exciting time in Marysville for the whole workforce as every year the company essentially ‘shuts down’ for a week. Patti was especially excited because it was to be her first break with her boyfriend*.

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Honda in Marysville

Patti’s sister Marcia agreed to look after Patti’s daughter for the week but she was a bit disturbed by some of the details of the trip. Patti told her she was going to a remote cabin in Canada, a place so remote that there was no phone coverage. She would also be bringing nothing with her and would buy clothes at their destination. Nevertheless she trusted Patti’s judgement and she seemed the happiest she had been in a long time. When Patti didn’t arrive home a week later, Marcia called her boyfriend who said he knew her from work but never dated her or went away with her. Marcia knew something was seriously wrong.

Patti’s disappearance was a mystery. Her sisters, best friend and close female colleague all knew she was dating a co-worker and Patti told them she was going away with him to a remote cabin in Canada. Apart from the few she confided in, nobody else knew because her boyfriend was in fact a married man with children. Patti had told her friend that the two would be heading away at midnight on June 29th when Honda closed. He told her he would drive but as he normally dropped a friend home, she would have to sneak into the car early and climb under the tonneau cover. Then when he dropped the friend off Patti would be able to get into the front seat for their drive to the cabin. Despite her friends finding this quite odd, Patti felt that it added to the mystery of the relationship.

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An example of what a tonneau cover looks like

Police spoke with employees at Honda. Apart from the one person Patti confided in, nobody else knew of the relationship. They did all find it strange that she clocked off work at nineteen seconds past midnight on the night she was due to go to Canada as they said that Patti would always be the last to leave. The mystery deepened-what happened to Patti? Was she even dating a colleague?

Patti’s sisters told police of certain gifts she had bought for her colleague including a Hard Rock Cafe tshirt and told them that she had given him a lot of money that he needed for the business. Patti had told her sister that he owned a business with his brother in law and he wanted to sell his share and then ask for a divorce. Police could account for around $90,000 that was withdrawn from her account from savings and loans but they could not establish where it went. Her colleague’s account showed no unusual activity. Patti’s sister told police she had asked her sister if she had receipts but Patti told her that the colleague did not want there to be a paper trail in case his wife found out. Patti told her sister that he was due to start paying the money back in July.

Police searched the colleague’s house. A Hard Rock Cafe tshirt was found but that didn’t prove anything. They brought in cadaver dogs and the dogs alerted them to an area in the back garden. The colleague’s wife said that the area had recently been filled with left over concrete. The ground was dug up but nothing was found. His wife told police that he came home that night after work and was around all week except for Thursday when he went fishing. Police looked at his truck. He had driven a truck from the business he owned with his brother in law. The tonneau cover was missing. They found one rolled up and stored in the attic. They discovered it had been bought on June 29th and was installed. Then a week later, it was taken off and stored. Police found this rather strange as they cost a few hundred dollars and it seemed unusual to install it for only a week. They had it tested. Animal hairs and blood were found on it. Some of the animal hairs matched Patti’s cat. They decided not to test the blood. It was a tiny spot and if tested, the entire sample would be consumed. They are waiting for more advanced technology and as a result the case is basically now a cold case.

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Patti Adkins

Patti’s case is a mystery to say the least. Patti may have been the victim of an almost ‘perfect murder’. The colleague had a perfect excuse to tell her to keep everything secret as he was married, he told her not to bring anything with her so he would have nothing else to get rid of, he told her they would be going to a remote place but never told her exactly where so nobody even knew what area to search and there was no paper trail. The only thing he didn’t account for is when a woman says that she will ‘tell nobody’, it usually means that she will tell at the very least her closest friends. There is also the possibility that maybe Patti wanted to disappear. Maybe the $90,000 that was withdrawn from her account was for her own personal use and the debt was too much or maybe she was gradually taking it out so she would have a large amount of money to start a new life with. If that is the case, what would have been serious enough for her to leave her seven year old daughter behind? Why were her cat hairs on the tonneau cover and why would she tell her sisters and friends about an imaginary relationship if it didn’t exist? If the colleague is lying though, it would seem his wife must know something. She told police he arrived home after work that night. Unfortunately all that exists at the moment are questions and mere speculation. Police know that they will only get one shot to convict the colleague if he did do something and they are not willing to jeopardise their chance by testing the tiny blood sample.

*Patti’s colleague cannot be named for legal reasons

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25 comments

  1. This makes me so mad, charge the bastard the cat hair and blood is enough.

  2. The PCR technology is not a drop of blood so it could be examined whether further inquiries should be enough?

  3. I can’t believe that this man has not b charged. How is a regular joe commit a perfect crime. Everything leads to him. He just got away with murder. Makes me mad how could she be so stupid. Why didn’t they check his phone records, email etc. pigs like him make me sick. He was done with her and he did away with her. The motive Is he was supposed to pay back the money and he couldn’t without wife finding out and he killed her. He knows something and so does the wife. How can she act so nonchalant when her husband is being committed to killing a woman who he had an affair with! This world is so wicked. Patti’s daughter deserves to bury her mother. She deserves some peace.

    • agreed. he committed the perfect murder. stringed her along for money and killed her. someone else must know something. was there no cctv at burger king? probably was too late to retrieve it.

      • that what I thought. ofcourse there would be cctv footage.
        I emailed the detective on the case last week. lol… he said that there was evidence such as text messages and phonecalls from patti to him to warrant suspscion. Considering he claims he barely knew her why would they be communicating. it makes me mad. The thing is too imagine living his life wondering if every knock at the door or phone call is the police??? hoping one day they solve this crime.

    • Why has he not been charged!!!? The man is guilty. Cat hairs place her in the truck bed, witness testimonies put him in a relationship with her and on a “vacation” with her….this guy is a cold blooded, heartless, demonic murderer!!!!! Put him in jail now!!!

  4. As much as I feel horrible for her family , Patti Adkins must of been insane ,how could someone with that nice job, pretty looks and a child to look out for, fall for someone married ,then she gives him 90 grand then gets in the back of his truck secretly to go on a trip with no clothes or belongings to the middle of nowhere! At some point you have to have common sense, The guy is a scumbag and I hope he gets arrested soon but come on, Patti had no sense at all

    • Agreed. She wasn’t a young, young kid; she was almost 30 years old. This was the perfect set up. He saw her coming a mile away. I just saw this on ID. While I don’t think she will be found alive, I hope her body is found so that her family can give her a proper burial. This case is fascinating but not surprising. Maybe it’s hindsight but this young woman was set up so beautifully. She forked over money to a lover that no one knew about, there was no paper trail or proof that she gave this man money, she was to spend a week with him in a remote cabin up in Canada that she told relatives had no cell phone service (so nobody was expecting to hear from her for at least a week), she was told not to pack any clothes because they would ‘buy everything once they got there’ and she had to sneak into the bed of his truck until they got out of town and then she could be let out. It sounds unbelievable that someone could fall for that but it happened. I really feel sorry for her daughter and her family. It was sooo not worth it.

    • unfortunately when you are inlove you do some silly things. i hope they arrest him I mean people go to prison for circumstancial stuff why is he not getting harrassed.

    • Women can lose their minds when they think that they are in love.

  5. Technology has come far enough along to use what small sample of blood they have without destroying the remaining evidence…..clearly if you want to get away with murder you should live in Marysville. I sincerely hope they are a step away from nailing this loser and not just letting the case go cold. I knew her, she nor her daughter deserved this…he will get what he has coming to him in one way or another, just look at O.J Simpson.

  6. I can’t believe they won’t arrest this pos excuse of a human being…why didn’t they give him a lie detector test or his wife also?? This is frightening to know I live not far from Marysville nd this man is still walking free living his life nd Patti is still missing nd the poor family has to live with this horror everyday of there lives smh why didn’t they check his clothes he was wearing, his shoes, under his fingernails, not to mention have the buddy take a lie detector test also? These kind of things make me so upset there has to be a way they can find out technology has came a long way! They need to make it all public again nd put some more pressure on them ppl they have to crack at some point you would think… I just hope one day her daughter nd family will have there closure nd so Patti can have a real place of rest so her family can visit her this is so heartbreaking…If the police never get him in the end he will answer to God!! God forgive me but I hope he has horrible terrifying nightmares nd I hope he’s scared nd has to look over his shoulder ever second of everyday for the rest of his life!!! Yes she may have made a mistake by being involved with a married man but haven’t we all made mistakes in life? She didn’t deserve whatever happened to her that’s the point right? Not pointing out her mistakes….

  7. I can’t believe they won’t arrest this pos excuse of a human being…why didn’t they give him a lie detector test or his wife also?? This is frightening to know I live not far from Marysville nd this man is still walking free living his life nd Patti is still missing nd the poor family has to live with this horror everyday of there lives smh why didn’t they check his clothes he was wearing, his shoes, under his fingernails, not to mention have the buddy take a lie detector test also? These kind of things make me so upset there has to be a way they can find out technology has came a long way! They need to make it all public again nd put some more pressure on them ppl they have to crack at some point you would think… I just hope one day her daughter nd family will have there closure nd so Patti can have a real place of rest so her family can visit her this is so heartbreaking…If the police never get him in the end he will answer to God!! God forgive me but I hope he has horrible terrifying nightmares nd I hope he’s scared nd has to look over his shoulder ever second of everyday for the rest of his life!!! Yes she may have made a mistake by being involved with a married man but haven’t we all made mistakes in life? She didn’t deserve whatever happened to her that’s the point right? Not pointing out her mistakes….

  8. The episode about Patti is on cable again, I have it on pause right now, plus saved. I have never forgotten this case. This murder was planned out so far ahead, that it was diabolical! Bring no clothes, no paper trail on the money ‘lent.’ How would his wife see receipts that Patti would have had? He also didn’t want anyone to check on her for a week. He kept that money as cash for some purpose (no telling). Again, no paper trail on his end. It almost makes me wonder if he hadn’t planed her death from the very beginning knowing at some point the money would run out. As far as being innocent until proven guilty, that is the position of the justice system, I’m not part of the justice system. Obviously those who were proven guilty, were guilty BEFORE the jury said so. The rest of us can make our own conclusions as we go along. Test the little blood sample! Technology has advanced to the point where a tiny amount can be tested. I wonder where he hid her body that first night when he still came home. Did he have a pre dug grave waiting for her.

  9. Why doesn’t someone kidnap him and beat the truth out of him and or kill him? You will get away with it.

  10. Ever since I saw the episode about this case, it has stayed in my mind, always thinking about that little girl she left behind. Hope and wish justice for Patty’s family, from the bottom of my heart.

    • same with me. I wish this could be solved. surely with modern technology the blood can be tested by now??

  11. I seen this story and recorded it and watched it twice. I am hurt that the police have not arrested this man. There have been men put in Jail for circumstantial evidence. I can’t stop smdh over this. So horrible that he has gotten away with this.

  12. How can this mans wife live with him know he is a killer? The evidence is leaning towards him what happened between 12:30pm and 02:30pm before arriving home, yes I think he got away with the perfect murder. Test the blood and take the chance, let the family have some closure, plus he is living the life of riley.

  13. Well, what I am surprised about is that if the cadaver dogs detected something on the concrete patch, logic dictates that it must have been because that particular concrete did indeed touch a cadaver of sorts at some point… Did the authorities do a search of EVERY job the boyfriend’s business handled around that time? Is it not possible that she was buried in another location, using that same concrete which was then scraped off (to make the job level, for example) and the leftovers dumped on his property explaining why the dogs picked up the scent? I know it’s a long shot, but it seems to me to be a plausible possibility since the dogs know what they’re doing…

  14. hI

    Does anyone know if all what Patti was telling everyone about co-worker was true? did he own a business? he claims he barely knew her. Then if that was the case how would she know so much about him. So just wondering if everything patti told her sisters etc turned out to be true about this guy.

  15. Please someone find her

    • There is so much we have not been told about this case by the police, maybe something political?
      They should be able to trace the money?
      $90,000? Someone would have spent some of it somewhere? he or his wife must have other accounts?
      Something is missing in the investigations here

      • Admin here! Thanks for your comment…..I think we should all come together and try to find out answers here. I’m putting together a forum at the minute so we can put all our information together and see what we can do.

  16. Everything I have read so far points to the fact that there is a blood sample in this case and that the police are waiting for more advanced testing methods as not to consume the entire sample. Well what are they waiting for? Now that it’s 2014 I know for a fact that there are advanced testing methods available. Methods that use extremely small samples. Methods that would not use the entire evidence sample. This is just one small portion of this case that is troubling to me. Why is this case not moving forward? My heart goes out to the victim and her family. It’s time to put a close to this and I believe the authorities have everything they need to do so.

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