- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Bees…just need to vent my worry. My uncle is missing. No one has seen or heard from him since Dec. 5th. The backstory is that he is my Mom’s youngest brother and he has always been a loner and a very heavy drinker…severe alcoholic in fact. He drinks about a 40 of Rye every single day and has done so for about 30 years. He has never been married and has no real history of any lasting relationships with women (not surprising since his first love has always been the bottle). He has no kids.
My family in from the East Coast of Canada and my uncle moved out west to the city I currently live in about 20 years ago. He has had many jobs over the years…mostly manual labour or factory work. Apparently he has been out of work for about the last year and a half. He also received approx. $40,000 from my grandmother’s estate when she passed last February.
Anyway he has distanced himself from the family over the years but would keep in touch from time to time and he has always lived in the same apartment building and had the same home telephone number and email address. We’re talking about 20 years he has had this address, that number and that email.
Anyway the family tried calling him on Christmas Day and we discovered that his home phone, cell phone and email were all out of service. My parents were in the city visiting FI and me so they went down to his apartment building and buzzed up. No answer but the maid agreed to let them upstairs to the door of his apartment ( she could not let them inside). There was a Notice of Abandonment on the door. Needless to say we all sorted of started freaking out.
Anyway after talking to 3 different employees from his apartment building we have determined the following facts:
– He was two months behind on his rent, but went down to the apartment main office and paid one month worth of rent on December 1st (leaving him still one month behind).
– Being behind on the rent it apparently not unusual for my uncle. The landlady told my Mom that this is a frequent occurrence for him but that that they were nowhere close to evicting him yet.
– Another building employee told my parents that they frequently put Notices of Abandonment of my uncle’s apartment door and that he always ignores them. The employee said we should probably not be too concerned about it since it happens all the time (seems like they are putting these Notices up to try to get him to pay his rent).
– Another apartment employee called my parents again this morning to say that on or between December 5th and December 10th my uncle or some other person came down to the office and slipped his apartment keys under the door. He has not been seen or heard from since. This man had actually been inside the apartment and confirmed that certain things were missing: big screen TV, computer hard drive (monitor still there), drawers open indicating clothes missing, coffee and end tables gone, etc. His bed was still there but unmade.
Anyway….we are at a complete loss as to what could have happened. I called the police myself as I am now the only family member in this city so it looks like they will be sending an officer over to our place this afternoon to ask me some questions so they can open an investigation.
As far as we know he was not into any drugs, so may be unlikely that he got mixed up with those kinds of people. The fact that he has not been working and drinks so much has us all convinced that he has burned through that $40K from my grandmother. But there are still puzzling things like why would he go down and pay $1,200 in rent if he was already behind and planning to disappear anyway? The fact that he paid that rent likely made him feel secure at his place for at least a month…so why did he leave his home in the dead of winter? Where is his vehicle? Is it still registered to him? What happened to the missing furniture in his apartment…did he take it with him wherever he went or did he sell it for quick cash? My Mom called all the hospitals in the city and he is not listed as an inpatient.
Not sure what I am looking for…just wanting to share. Anyone else been through something like this?