Daughter makes plea for missing mother
FRISCO – A tearful Kathleen McCormick pleaded with the public Wednesday afternoon to offer any tidbit of information that might help police find her mother Patricia, who’s been missing since Monday morning. “I just want to say that if anybody knows anything to please come forward. I just want the information, that’s as far as it’ll go, no questions asked,” McCormick said in a broken voice at a press conference with Summit County Sheriff’s Office chaplain Scott Wilson.
“I just need my mother back, I miss her, I can’t live without her,” she said. Patricia McCormick, 62, a driver for NAPA Auto Parts in Frisco, disappeared while making deliveries.The Frisco Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office expanded their search Wednesday for McCormick into Breckenridge and south of town toward Hoosier Pass, despite being hampered by heavy snow.Several leads received following newscasts Tuesday night were being investigated in the Front Range, according to a press release from the town of Frisco. McCormick’s friends haven’t eased their efforts either.
In the last two days, Susan Ellinger, the wife of NAPA co-owner Gary Ellinger, has handed out hundreds of flyers in Breckenridge and Frisco. She stood in the parking lot at Safeway and Wal-Mart giving the posters to shoppers, and made sure customers coming into NAPA had a flyer.”You never know whose hands you might get one of these in,” Ellinger said. “It might trigger something; ‘Oh, I did see a truck on the side of the road.'”Nothing seemed out of ordinary on the day McCormick disappeared, Ellinger said. She came in for her shift at 7:30 a.m., and as usual, was in good spirits. The store was short-staffed, so everyone pooled together to get things done, but McCormick was asked to complete her normal routine.
She had three deliveries to make at Summit Ford, L.G. Everist and the Keystone Vehicle Maintenance Shop, all of which she made, Ellinger said. She was last seen at 9:45 a.m. Monday at the maintenance shop in Keystone.Matt Burrus, who has worked with McCormick for about one year, said he was shocked to find out his co-worker was missing.”It’s been crazy (inside the store), so many people coming in asking about her,” Burrus said.Ellinger said regular customers have been calling to give their thoughts and prayers and offering to join a search party if one is formed.
“You just don’t think anything like this will ever be something you’re involved in,” Ellinger said. “Living in Summit County, you think you’re immune to all this.”Summit County Sheriff John Minor said police have notified plow and bus drivers to be on the lookout for anything that could help in their investigation. Search and rescue teams are on standby in case a solid lead on McCormick’s whereabouts surfaces, Minor said.Vail Colorado