Details of Disappearance Goodman was last seen at 8:25 p.m. on March 28, 2003, purchasing groceries at Ed's Market in Snowflake, Arizona. She apparently drove back to her home after shopping and turned on her television, and was missed the next morning when she failed to show up for work. Authorities believe she was abducted from her home on the morning of March 29.
The sliding glass door to Goodman's residence was found ajar and the outdoor floodlights were on. Inside, the television set was on. Everything she owned was left behind in the house, including billfold and all her shoes. Her work van was parked in its usual place; her daughter had borrowed her other vehicle. There was no sign of a struggle inside the residence.
After Goodman's disappearance, authorities began to look closely at Patrick Michael Conn, 44, who lived along Goodman's mail route. The two had a confrontation in early 2002 and Goodman said she was afraid of Conn. In February 2002, a Snowflake man named Donald Sewell was shot thirteen times; his body was found in his car along the side of State Route 77 in the undeveloped northern part of Snowflake. Conn is the prime suspect in Sewell's homicide.
Conn has since disappeared; he may be in Hocking County, Ohio, where he has relatives. Authorities are also interested in speaking to a Snowflake area handyman who was hired to repair Goodman's television set a month before she disappeared. He brought it back still broken and Goodman mentioned she felt uncomfortable around the man. The man is now in police custody on drug charges unrelated to Goodman's apparent abduction.
Goodman was born and raised in the Snowflake area. She is a widow with four children. She also had eighteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren at the time of her disappearance. Her family says they were very important to her and she would not voluntarily leave them without warning.
Goodman has work experience as a teacher's aide. At the time of her disappearance, she was employed with the Snowflake Post Office as a rural mail carrier. She was due to retire from her mail route in July 2003. Goodman enjoys quilting and is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was in excellent health at the time of her disappearance.
The case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. Goodman's family held a memorial service for her in September 2008, five and a half years after her disappearance.
- Snowflake-Taylor Police Department
Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 30, 2008; details of disappearance updated.