A missing person’s case out of Powell County kind of reads like a movie script, but it’s real life to a mother and her family, grieving the disappearance of Shawn Glover.
Searching for her son has consumed Joann Carey for the past 15 months. Now, about to spend another Christmas without him, she’s begging for those who know what happened, to fill in the blanks.
Glover was a native of Lebanon in Marion County and had been staying in Powell County to be closer to his girlfriend. He was last seen at the Clay City Inn on Winchester Road on September 27, 2019.
A mother’s intuition tells Carey, her son isn’t coming back.
“We do know he’s dead and they took his body somewhere,” Carey told Crime Stoppers reporter Kristen Pflum. “We’re trying to just locate his body. That’s the main thing.”
The insulin bag Shawn depended on was the only sign of him left behind at the Clay City Inn.
As the family began looking into Shawn’s mysterious disappearance, they uncovered surveillance video, from a home near where Shawn was living, that they say shows a terrified Shawn Glover.
For months, their family has made trips from their home in Lebanon to rural Powell County, hoping to turn over a new stone or rattle the conscious of those in the know.
“We started in one part of the county and went to the other. On the highway, the back roads, side roads. Just everywhere that is not on anybody’s property.”
The investigation hit a roadblock over the summer when the Glover’s found out the deputy working Shawn’s case quit the sheriff’s department. Desperate for help, they reached out to Crime Stoppers, hoping the promise of cash will compel someone to tell what they know. Detective Anthony Delimpo of the Lexington Police Department and the Crime Stoppers coordinator, says he’s listening.
“It could be something as simple as somebody remembering back in September of 2019 they saw somebody walk across their backyard,” Delimpo said. “Or maybe they saw dirt moved or something on their property, a fence that was damaged. Those kinds of things, a suspicious car that was parked in the driveway around that time. All those are important.”
Important, for this family to have the answers they’re so desperately seeking.
“People don’t understand when you take somebody’s life, you don’t only take their life, you’re affecting the whole family,” Carey said.