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Summit woman missing since Nov. 28

Nicole Formosa
Summit Daily/Kristin Skvorc Frisco detective Julie Polly works on the investigation into Patricia McCormick's November disappearance in this file photo. Polly revisits the missing person case every day.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Patricia McCormick’s 63rd birthday was Monday, but on a day typically reserved for celebration, McCormick’s daughter instead relived the mysteriy surrounding her mother’s disappearance.”It’s grueling,” Kathy McCormick said. “Every day that goes by is just … you get more and more hopeless and I don’t want to be like that.”

The Dillon Valley woman has been missing since Nov. 28, when she vanished while making deliveries in her employer’s NAPA truck, which also has not been found. Frisco detective Julie Polly is the lead on the investigation, and said she continues to make the case a priority every day.People have called in to report having seen McCormick or the missing NAPA truck in various parts of the state, including as nearby as Dillon and Idaho Springs. So far none of those tips materialized into solid leads, but the case will remain active, Polly said.”I’m working until I can definitively say this is a good or bad lead. I have a number I’m actively researching. Again, something else could come in that could lead to a whole other avenue,” she said.The changing weather in the spring could bring some answers, and local police will conduct another search of the county when the snow melts, Undersheriff Derek Woodman said.

“The big question still lays at hand: where’s the truck? Obviously, if something materializes, the truck is found, whatever the case may be, that kicks everything back into gear 100 percent,” Woodman said. On Dec. 1, three days into the local search for McCormick, Woodman said he was confident the truck was not in Summit County. He said Monday that he stands by his statement, but that there’s always the chance the truck is covered with snow.The more time that passes, the more Kathy McCormick also thinks ahead to spring. Because of the publicity, she said, she can’t imagine somebody is holding her mother against her will, or that she is lost somewhere with amnesia.Kathy continues to work part-time, although she is seeking full-time employment to help cover her mother’s bills. The Advocates of Victims of Assault paid for counseling sessions, which she said helped her handle the emotional ordeal.

Donations came into play when it was time to pay for McCormick’s December rent. Kathy said she’ll keep her mother’s apartment until she can no longer afford it.”I’m not ready to go pick up her stuff. I go water her plants, you know, maybe it’s just to be closer to her, but I’ll try to keep (the apartment) as long as I can,” Kathy said. “You know, I really don’t want to pack up her stuff and put it into storage.”Vail, Colorado


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