When a devoted mother disappears from her Texas home on Christmas day, investigators immediately suspect foul play. A bloody trail of evidence points to an obvious suspect and offers a surprising twist in this episode of Last Seen Alive.
Patty Vaughan was known for her love of and devotion to her three children. They were ages 9, 7 and 6 when she disappeared and was presumably murdered. Family photo.
Patty (right) was close to other members of her family, including her aunt (center) and litter sister Jeannie (left). Jeannie had lived with Kathy and her husband for a period of time and had valuable insight into their marriage and lives. Family photo.
Patty Vaughan was 32 years old when she disappeared on Christmas Day, 1996. She was a loving mother, sister, niece and cousin. She was also a passionate vocalist, leading a music group at her church, and a skilled seamstress. Family photo.
Pictured is the La Vernia, Texas home that Patty disappeared from on December 25th, 1996. Investigators found traces of her blood inside on the walls, floor and a mop. Her husband, from whom she had separated, was visiting and was the only person present at the time of her disappearance.
Patty’s minivan (pictured) was found abandoned on the shoulder of a busy highway that circles the city of San Antonio. Someone had let the air out of the tire. Traces of her blood were found in the dirty water pooled on the shampooed floor. Police photo.
Sources used to research this episode:
Family of Patty Vaughan Hopes for Answers 23 Years After She Vanished from Texas Home on Christmas Day 1996 (Andrea Cavallier / NBC News)
Disappeared: Patty Vaughan (Disappeared Blog)
Silent Night (Disappeared Season 3, Ep. 13)
The Mystery of Patty Vaughan (Keith Griffith / Daily Mail)
Search for Patty Vaughan on Former Husband’s Property Turns Up Empty (Stephanie Serna / KSAT News)
Investigators Still Trying to Close Patty Vaughan Case 15 Years Later (Tim Gerber / KSAT News)
New DNA Findings in Patty’s 1996 Disappearance (KSAT News)
If know anything at all about the disappearance and murder of Patty Vaughan, please contact Crime Stoppers at 210-224-7868. You can remain anonymous.