Gary G. McCullough

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Above: Gary, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 11, 1999 from Cassville, Missouri
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 10, 1965
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'3, 240 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A t-shirt, blue jeans, brown work boots and a camouflage-print cap.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Gary was last seen in Cassville, Missouri on May 11, 1999. He reportedly left in his unlicensed flat-bed pickup truck en route to Diamond, Missouri to buy a fighting rooster. He has never been heard from again. On May 14, his truck was found abandoned on a dead-end road in Pulaskifield, Missouri. His employer reported him missing.

    Gary was married to Sandra McCullough at the time of his disappearance; she was his brother Albert's ex-wife. They lived on a farm with cattle and horses, and Gary had a job in a chicken processing plant. He and Sandra were having serious problems in 1999 and he told his work supervisor he wanted a divorce and was going to move out of the house. He also said Sandra had forged checks in his name and he'd been arrested because of it. On April 30, 1999, three years into the marriage, Sandra allegedly tried to shoot Gary. He ddn't tell the police about the incident but did tell a friend. Gary disappeared less than two weeks later.

    Sandra was allegedly having an affair with Kristopher Klemp at the time of Gary's disappearance, although she denies this and says her marriage to Gary was a happy one. In June 1999, authorities charged Klemp with conspiracy to commit murder; he allegedly tried to hire someone to kill Gary. The charge was dropped for lack of evidence in August 1999, however. Klemp moved into the McCulloughs' home just a few days after Gary was last seen, and he and Sandra married each other in May 2000, one month after she obtained a divorce from Gary.

    Sandra has children from a prior relationship. One of them, Liehnia Chapin, was thirteen years old at the time her stepfather went missing. In 2003, Chapin went to Albert, her former stepfather, and told them her mother had shot Gary three times in the head and then made her help clean up the crime scene. Chapin said she cleaned the blood off the floor and she and Sandra wrapped Gary's body in plastic and burned it in a brush fire until only bone fragments remained. Albert recorded Chapin's statement and took the tape to the authorities, but Chapin quickly recanted and told her mother and law enforcement she'd made the story up. Sometime in early 2006, over five years after Gary's disappearance and three years after she made the tape-recorded statement, Chapin vanished without a trace. She has never been found.

    Gary was declared legally dead in 2005. In 2012, his two daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Chapin, Sandra and Klemp, as well as Klemp's former wife, Jennifer Lee Brattin. The lawsuit alleges Sandra and Klemp were having an affair in 1999 and conspired to kill Gary, who planned to divorce his wife. In the summer of 2013, a trial jury unanimously awarded $8 million in damages to Gary's daughters in connection with his wrongful death.

    It's unclear whether Gary and Chapin's disappearances are connected, but foul play is suspected in both cases.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Barry County Sheriff's Department
    417-847-6556

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Missouri State Highway Patrol
    The Kansas City Star
    The Crime Scene
    The Cassville Democrat

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 17, 2013; details of disappearancef updated.

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