MORRILTON, AR – It’s been nearly a decade since the disappearance of John Glasgow. His family finally received some closure after some remains were found by hikers at Petit Jean State Park.
On Monday, authorities said they have a new starting point in the search as they try to find the rest of the remains.
Much to many visitors’ disappointment however, miles of trails stay closed following the discovery in the remote area of the Conway County park.
For Angela Malek and Carol Peeples, making the trip from Austin, Texas, a quick online search of Petit Jean State Park returned everything but what they wanted to find.
“I was so sad to see that was the first thing that came up,” Peeples explained.
Malek added, “I Googled Petit Jean yesterday on the way up here to look for the phone number and it came up as a news story.”
The discovery of Glasgow’s skeletal remains were still making headlines.
Additionally, when they arrived, a notice on the front door greeted the families.
Malek continued, “About half of the park trails are not open to the public.”
The Park closed off parts of the mountain as two dozen park rangers, along with several local and state agencies, search specific areas.
Tim Scott, Assistant Superintendent of Devil’s Den State Park, came in to help as Incident Information Officer. He explains this part of their job is highly unusual.
“A situation like this is so different,” he shared. “We’ve been on plenty of searches but nothing like this.”
He says they’re concentrating on a remote area where the skull was discovered near the Red Bluff Drive area of the park.
He said, “We would like to do anything to help find whatever clues that may be out there.”
Seven years after Glasgow disappeared, families like Peeple’s, while disappointed to have trails closed on their Spring Break, would rather any additional findings come from searchers.
“We do not want to have any kind of discoveries,” she remarked. “That would be awful.”
Searchers wrapped up around 3 p.m. Monday. They plan on resuming Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.