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Missing Alison Goodwin Thresher
Missing Since 05/24/2000
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 45 years old
Height and Weight 5'2, 110 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Thresher's hair was turning white in 2000. She wears eyeglasses. Thresher's ears are pierced.
Details of Disappearance Alison had dinner with her parents during the evening of May 23, 2000 in her hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. She returned to her residence in Sumner Highlands Apartments in the 4500 block of Sangamore Road later that night. Thresher spoke to an acquaintance on the telephone at approximately 10:00 p.m. and e-mailed her employer at 12:00 a.m. on May 24. She has never been heard from again.
Alison was scheduled to begin a new position as a copyeditor for the Washington Post's website on the day she disappeared. Her family has stated that she was excited about the job and it is very uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning.
Her copper-colored 1997 Volvo station wagon was discovered abandoned on May 25, one day after her disappearance. A photo of the car is posted with this case summary. It was parked on the corner of Ridge Drive and Broad Street near the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (C&O Canal) in the Glen Echo area, which is several miles from her apartment.
There was no sign of her at the scene and an extensive search of the surrounding areas produced no clues as to Alison's whereabouts. Her wallet and keys were not discovered inside her car and investigators believe she had the items in her possession when she disappeared.
Alison's case was initially viewed as a missing person investigation, but it was reclassified as a presumed homicide in February 2001. Authorities stated that evidence related to her disappearance had been recovered and pointed towards foul play.
In the early hours of May 24, at approximately 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., Alison's downstairs neighbor was awakened by the found of a woman sobbing. The sounds came from Alison's apartment, and the crying was so loud and so intense that the neighbor considered calling the police. She heard footsteps, also, going between the bedroom and the bathroom.
Alison's family had her declared legally deceased in February 2001. Her sister took control of her retirement funds and established a trust for her children's educations. Alison's former husband, James M. Thresher, was granted custody of their two children.
Asturizaga had had an inappropriate relationship with Alison's daughter, Hannah, which began when Hannah was just ten years old and in the fourth grade. In June 1999, Alison wrote Asturizaga a letter telling him to stop spending time alone with Hannah, saying:
"Several times over the last several months I have expressed my concern to you that my daughter, Hannah, has formed an excessive emotional bond with you. When I made it clear that I did not want the two of you to be alone together, you assured me that you would, in fact, no longer babysit for Hannah and Sam. That was not true. And this led me to wonder whether this unnatural attachment is a mutual one."
Asturizaga's relationship with Hannah continued until 2001. He was charged with sexual abuse in 2003, but found not guilty later that year. In 2010, Asturizaga was charged with two-counts of second-degree rape, six counts of second-degree sex offense and two counts of child abuse; Hannah was the victim. He was found guilty on all counts and sentenced to 168 years in prison.
Hannah stated that after her mother disappeared, Asturizaga didn't seem upset about it and couldn't understand her own grief. Instead, he told her, "I thought things would be easier for us now that she is gone." Hannah didn't think anything of this at the time and didn't begin to suspect his possible involvement for years. She stated Asturizaga had "groomed" her and told her not to tell her mother that he was abusing her.
Investigators believe Alison was murdered at her apartment and then her body was disposed of at an unknown location. They stated the killer tried to clean up blood evidence at the scene.
A man matching Asturizaga's description was seen running through Alison's neighborhood, near where her car was found, at about 6:00 a.m. on May 24. Police are investigating Asturizaga's possible involvement in the case, but there is not enough evidence to officially name him as a suspect.
Alison was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. Her case remains unsolved.
Investigating Agency / Department
Montgomery County Police Department
Additional missing person information
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