9OYS Crime Watch
Missing woman’s family still searching for answers 3 years later
Blood drive held in Kay Read's honor
Reporter: Claire Doan
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – More than three years after the disappearance of a Tucson woman, her loved ones are still searching for answers: The family of Kay Read held a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Sunday, to increase awareness of the cause and of the case, two days after her 66th birthday.
Read has been missing since Valentine’s Day 2008. Detectives believe she was abducted; her leg braces and crutches, which she needed for walking, were inside here home and her van was set on fire, two miles away. Police later discovered surveillance video showing a man who bought gas for Read’s van and later tried to use her card, but the person of interest was never identified.
“It’s the unknowing. Not knowing where she is or why – the why is hard,” said Mary Seagle, Read’s sister.
Tucson police emphasize that this is not a cold case; detectives are treating it a continuing homicide investigation, even without Read’s body.
“The unit continues to investigate and examine the forensic evidence that has been recovered and they do have some significant leads in this case,” said Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, a spokesperson for Tucson Police, adding that there are no developments they can release. “What the public can do right now is provide any information. However insignificant it may seem at the time, it may be the missing piece that puts things together.”
Seagle has been holding a drive every two months, hoping to bring more investigative leads to detectives, and to further her sister’s passion for helping the American Red Cross.
”Kay gave so many things and this was the only thing I can carry on in her name. She already donated nine and a quarter gallons herself. It was something near to her heart,” Seagle said.
Aside from donating blood, Read’s family hopes that somebody will provide information to help solve the persistent questions that keep haunting them.
“Just that one person – if they could come forward and let us know where my sister is,” Seagle said.