OH PATRICIA ANN ADKINS: Missing from Marysville, OH - 29 June 2001 - Age 29

Patricia Ann Adkins

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Adkins, circa 2001; Uniform similar to Adkins's

Missing Since: 06/29/2001
Missing From: Marysville, Ohio
Classification: Endangered Missing
Sex: Female
Race: White
Date of Birth: 05/04/1972 (47)
Age: 29 years old
Height and Weight: 5'8, 120 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description: Steeled-toed sneakers and an all-white Honda work uniform consisting of pants and a long-sleeved shirt with two red outlined patches on the upper chest; one of the patches says "Patti" and the other says "Honda of America." Photos of a similar uniform are posted below this case summary. Carrying a small teal-colored duffle bag, a maroon coin pouch and a keychain with her Honda identification card.
Distinguishing CharacteristicsCaucasian female. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Adkins's navel and ears are pierced. Her nickname is Patti. She has a tattoo of a flower design on her lower middle back; the design is of three orchids colored blue, green, purple and peach with leaves, arranged horizontally across her back. Adkins has had corrective laser surgery to her eyes.

Details of Disappearance
Adkins was last seen departing her place of work at the Honda of America automotive plant in Marysville, Ohio. She clocked out a few seconds after midnight on June 29, 2001, at the end of the second shift.

She had worked for the plant for nearly ten years and had become a supervisor at the assembly line, and she was anticipating a promotion when she disappeared. The plant closed down that night for a week because of the Fourth of July. She has never been heard from again.

Adkins had been having an affair with a married co-worker at the time of her disappearance; they'd dated periodically for years. His name has not been released to the public. She told her loved ones and acquaintances about the relationship and said the man planned to leave his wife to be with her.

She gave him approximately $90,000 over several years, depleting her savings accounts and borrowing against her 401k retirement fund. The money was supposed to be so the boyfriend could buy out his share of his and his wife's jointly owned business when he divorced her to be with Adkins. Shortly before she went missing, Adkins told her boyfriend she would need to start repaying the 401k loans soon.

Just before her disappearance, Adkins told her family and friends she was going on a vacation to Canada with her boyfriend. She put her pets in a kennel and asked her sister to look after her seven-year-old daughter while she was gone. She said her boyfriend had told her they were going to a cabin in a remote area without phone service, so she wouldn't be able to call her family. He also told her not to pack anything because they would buy whatever she needed once they arrived there.

Adkins asked a female friend to drive her to work the night she disappeared so she could leave with her boyfriend to start their vacation. She told her friend that her boyfriend had to give a male coworker a ride home and had told her to hide in the bed of his pickup truck until he dropped the other man off.

In spite of her boyfriend's instructions not to take anything, Adkins had packed a small teal-colored duffel bag. She told her friend it contained something she'd bought at Victoria's Secret and that the item was blue. The bag and its contents have never been found.

Adkins was scheduled to see her hairdresser after her vacation was over; she never kept the appointment. She was reported missing by her sister on July 8, after she failed come home and pick up her daughter. She left her car behind in her garage and all her belongings undisturbed inside her house.

When her boyfriend was questioned, he said he and Adkins had no plans to go on vacation together, he had never had an affair with her and he only knew her slightly. He and his friend said they left the plant together on June 29, drove 30 miles in the direction of their hometown of Canton, Ohio, stopped at a Burger King restaurant, waited 45 minutes in the drive-through line, got their food and went home.

The boyfriend's wife backed up their story, saying her husband arrived home at 2:30 a.m., the usual time, and that she didn't know anything about an affair. The Burger King manager, however, said they were never busy in the early hours of the morning and no one would have had to wait 45 minutes in the drive-through to get their food.

Adkins's boyfriend gave the police permission to search his home and they found a new truck bed cover in his garage. The boyfriend had bought it on June 26 and he said he used it to cover some fishing gear in his truck bed; he put it on the truck on the morning of June 29 and removed it on July 8. He normally didn't drive the truck much, but he drove it to work the night Adkins disappeared.

Police took the cover for analysis and found cat hairs on it and a small spot of blood. Adkins's veterinarian determined the hair came from her cats, but authorities haven't been able to test the blood for DNA because the spot is too small. Police also found some items at the boyfriend's residence that Adkins told people she had given him, which contradicted his story that they barely knew each other.

The boyfriend took a polygraph test about the case and failed it. Shortly after Adkins disappeared, he quit his job at the Honda plant and never returned to work there.

Adkins was declared legally dead in 2006. There's been no activity on her financial accounts since she went missing. Her loved ones stated she was happy with her life and her job, and maintained a good working relationship with her ex-husband. Both authorities and her family believe she was the victim of homicide. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency
Marysville Police Department 937-642-3900
Union County Sheriff's Department 937-644-5010

Source Information
City of Marysville
WKTN FM 95.3
Rino Kids Online
NBC 4i Columbus, Ohio
America's Most Wanted
NamUs
The Columbus Dispatch
Facebook Page for Patricia Adkins
Whereabouts Still Unknown
NBC News

 
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I've been following this case for a long time. The married man that she was having an affair with is still out there somewhere. I don't know what he's been up to lately though?
 
On June 29, 2001, Patti Adkins clocked out of work and headed into the parking lot of the Honda automotive plant in Marysville, Ohio. A Union County Sheriff’s Office press release says witnesses saw her “leaving the plant in her white Honda of America uniform.” Patti, 29, had planned on going to Canada with her boyfriend for a week-long vacation. But when she failed to pick her daughter up from her sister’s house after the vacation, her family grew concerned. When family and police spoke to her boyfriend to ask where Patti was, he denied having any relationship at all with the missing young mother. Authorities say courts have since declared Patti legally dead. While no arrests have been made in connection to Patti’s disappearance and presumed death, her then-boyfriend is considered the primary suspect in her case. If you have any information on the circumstances surrounding Patti’s case, please call Lt. Jeff Stiers of the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 937-645-4126. Anonymous information may be left via voicemail on the Union County Sheriff’s Office Crime-Tip Hotline at (937) 642-7653.
 

20 years later, case of Patti Adkins is one of many unsolved homicides in central Ohio​

Tuesday will mark 20 years since Patti Adkins clocked out from her second-shift job at the Honda plant in Marysville and vanished.

Adkins, who was a 29-year-old single mother from Marysville, had told family and close friends that she was leaving on a secret vacation to Canada with her boyfriend, who was married. But she was never seen or heard from again.

Detectives have chased leads for two decades and had once pinned hopes that new technology would yield results from a speck of blood that was recovered from a tonneau cover. But that never materialized.

A Union County judge declared Adkins dead in 2006. Yet, still, everyone waits for answers. (Call the Union County sheriff's office tip line 937-642-7653 with information).
 

$25,000 reward offered for info leading to recovery of woman missing for 20 years​

Twenty years after she left work at the Marysville Honda plant, Patricia "Patti" Adkins remains missing and Central Ohio Crime Stoppers is hoping a reward will help bring her home.

A $25,000 reward is being offered by Concerned Citizens for Patti for information leading to the location and recovery of Adkins to bring her home to her family.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Union County sheriff's office at 937-642-7653 or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS. Information can also be provided at www.stopcrime.org or by using the free P3 Tips mobile application. All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.
 

Information Still Sought in Patti Adkins Cold Case Investigation​

Today marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Patricia “Patti” Adkins in Marysville in 2001.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office continues to seek information on the cold case.

Call Lieutenant Jeff Stiers at 937-645-4126 or anonymous information can be left by calling the Crime Tip Hotline at 937-642-7653.

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Inside unsolved mystery disappearance of mum who vanished before holiday with married boyfriend​

In the summer of 2001, Patty Adkins, a 29-year-old employee at the Honda automotive plant in Marysville, Ohio, vanished without a trace, leaving behind a web of questions and suspicions that remain unsolved to this day.

The week leading up to July 4 was a time for celebration and relaxation at the Honda plant, known as "shutdown week." Patty, like many of her colleagues, was looking forward to spending this vacation week with her boyfriend, who also worked at the plant. Despite him being married to another woman, Patty and her boyfriend planned a trip to Canada together, leaving after work on Friday, June 29, 2001.

On that fateful night, Patty clocked out of work just after midnight. Witnesses saw her leaving the plant in her Honda uniform, expecting to hide under a tarp in the bed of her boyfriend's truck to keep their relationship secret from their coworkers. A coworker had driven Patty to work that day, so her car wouldn't sit idle in the parking lot during her absence.

Patty had made arrangements for her sister, Marcia Pitts, to look after her seven-year-old daughter while she was away. She planned to pick up her daughter on Sunday, July 8. However, when the day came, Patty never showed up. Concerned, Marcia reached out to Patty's boyfriend, who denied knowing Patty or having plans to go on vacation with her.

The disappearance of Patty Adkins quickly became a matter of serious concern. The case was transferred from the Marysville Police Department to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, with Lieutenant Jeff Stiers leading the investigation. From the beginning, authorities were suspicious.

Investigators interviewed Patty's boyfriend, who denied any involvement in her disappearance. However, some circumstantial evidence was found at his residence, including a phone and a t-shirt that Patty had gifted him, as well as a letter from Patty expressing her feelings for him. Despite this, no trace of Patty was found in his truck, where she had planned to ride.

The investigation also revealed that Patty had given her boyfriend approximately $90,000 in the months leading up to her disappearance. He claimed the money was for buying out his business partner to protect his assets in an impending divorce.

Years passed with no sign of Patty. Her financial and personal records showed no activity since her disappearance, and authorities suspected foul play. Despite ongoing efforts to solve the case, including following up on leads and suspects, no arrests have ever been made. Patty's boyfriend remains the primary suspect, but conclusive evidence is needed to make an arrest.

In June 2016, Marcia expressed her belief that Patty was no longer alive but hoped for justice to prevail. She told WCMH : "I don’t have hope that my sister’s alive. I knew when she didn’t return that she was not alive, but I have hope that justice will happen, that someone will be held accountable for her death."

More than 9,000 people are following the case through a Facebook page named 'Where Is Patti Adkins'. The page's administrator, to this day, makes repeated pleas to authorities and the local community to assist in solving the case and bringing closure to Patti's loved ones.
 

Boyfriend of woman missing for 23 years remains primary suspect, deputies say​

Columbus police and Central Ohio Crime Stoppers continue to ask for the public’s assistance in locating a woman who has not been seen since 2001.

Patricia (Patti) Adkins has been missing for 23 years since she left Honda of America Manufacturing plant in Marysville on June 29, 2001. Adkins was last seen leaving at the end of the second shift.


NBC News said police have interviewed Adkins’ boyfriend, and he has denied having anything to do with her disappearance. The Union County Sheriff’s Office said the boyfriend remains the primary suspect, though little evidence has been connected to him.


Foul play is suspected, with courts declaring Adkins legally dead at 29 years of age, per Crime Stoppers. She would be 52 years old now, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate any and all leads.

In 2022 Crime Stoppers issued a $25,000 reward to anyone with information leading to the discovery of Adkins. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or visit www.stopcrime.org and submit your tip.
 

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