HUNTSVILLE, Ala.(WHNT)-It’s been one year now since Huntsville native Amy Patterson disappeared in Florida, but there are still no new leads in a case that’s baffled authorities.
Investigators with the Lee County, Florida Sheriff’s Office told WHNT News 19 that they’re planning to put up billboards about the case across southwest Florida in the coming days in an effort to stir up new leads. Patterson’s body has never been found, but authorities have ruled the case a homicide, and continue to identify her ex-husband Daniel Proctor as the sole suspect.
The 41-year-old middle school teacher reconciled with Proctor at the beginning of 2011 and was planning for the first day of class when she seemingly vanished into thin air. A month later Proctor showed up in Huntsville in Amy’s car, but his ex-wife was nowhere to be found. Police said Proctor then ditched the vehicle in Alabama, stole another car, and drove back to Florida where he was arrested for car theft. He’s been locked up in Madison County for the last ten months and has reportedly refused to talk about the case.
Authorities now say that Proctor’s release is likely just weeks away, leading them to make one last public plea.
“People who have information, they need to get this off their chest,” said Lee County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Trish Routte. “It’s only going to be a matter of time before he is released, and if we can’t get any information that can link him directly to Amy’s disappearance he may very well get away with murder.”
Two land and helicopter searches in Florida late last year turned up no new leads.
Amy Patterson divorced Daniel Proctor in 1994, shortly after he was convicted of assault against her. Patterson graduated from Grissom High School in 1988, when she was then known as Amy Guenther.