Marysville News

Spotlight back on Patricia Adkins case

Local authorities hope national attention helps solve cold case

Union County Sheriff Rocky Nelson hopes national attention from the "America's Most Wanted" Web site will lead to new clues in the 2001 disappearance of Patricia "Patti" Adkins.

The popular TV crime-fighting show is currently featuring the Adkins case on its Web site, www.

Adkins has not been seen since she left the Marysville Honda auto plant on June 29, 2001.

Nelson said local authorities have not given up on solving the case.

"We are taking this opportunity to bring Patti's investigation back to the public's thoughts," he said. "We know there are people in our area that may have information concerning her disappearance. As insignificant as the information may seem, we encourage those individuals to call. Anything they remember may help us solve her disappearance."

The Union County Sheriff's Office, the Marysville Division of Police and the Union County Prosecutor's Office all have been involved in the investigation since Adkins' disappearance. The FBI also has assisted since 2006.

Adkins told friends she was going on vacation and left her 7-year-old daughter with relatives but never came back to pick her up. Family and friends were concerned because they said Adkins would never abandon her daughter, who is now 14 years old.

Adkins' sister reported her missing on July 8, 2001. There has been no trace of Adkins since her disappearance and courts have declared her dead.

Among the reasons police suspect foul play is that Adkins' car and credit cards were found at her home, despite the fact she had planned to leave Marysville for vacation.

Anyone with information on Adkins' disappearance is asked to call the Union County Sheriff's Office hotline at (937) 642-7653.