Part IV: Kathleen McBroom Missing Person

Here are more of my thoughts on the Kathleen McBroom missing person case.

Ms. McBroom has not been seen since October 27, 2008 in Anchorage, Alaska. Four days later, her truck was discovered abandoned by family members on a highway south of Anchorage. The vehicle contained her cell phone and other personal items.

In the previous post, I talked about Ms. McBroom's journal writings that appear to reveal a very stressful time at home (a teen daughter returning from a Utah rehabilitation center and forgoing some of her favorite foods in favor of dieting) as well as at work (problems with her supervisor, feeling overworked, and concerns about her professional future).

Note: I selected items from Kathleen’s blog that seem to fit within a plausible theory of her disappearance (accidental fall, left her present life to start over somewhere else, crime victim, etc.).

The case remains open, and my posts should not be considered conclusive proof of anything, but rather highlights of her writings.

And now more from the journal:

A) She enjoyed Alaska, but the limited federal career opportunities (for her to find another equivalent position) in the state added to her stress level.

For instance, in April of 2008, when asked where she would like to retire, Ms. McBroom responded that she never wanted to leave Alaska. She said that she moved to Anchorage 20 years ago and “fell in love with it instantly.”

Four months later, she reiterates her refusal to move from Alaska, and adds that she would outlast her current boss. She had 21 years in at the federal level and did not want to surrender that by leaving her position.
B) She had written at least two blog posts about abuses that she had suffered in her teen years (I don't see a need to provide the direct links from her journal).

C) She was attached to and seemed to crave the attention of friends that she had met through blogging.

D) In the months prior to her disappearance, back problems caused by a fall down a flight of stairs were affecting her physically and mentally.

--Despite wanting to attend, she stated that back pain kept her from her grandmother’s funeral.

--In at least two posts, she describes “zooming” and “being wasted” on her pain medications.

--Though she describes herself as an insomniac who needed little sleep, she admitted that her pain medications were making her drowsy. In this post, she discusses how her husband found her asleep in her truck which was parked in the driveway. Ms. McBroom wrote that she had intended to go mail some letters in the early evening, but obviously did not make it.
E) In previous posts, she provides some insight into life and death.

--She discusses death, and how you should not wait to tell your loved ones how you feel.

--In a series of personal questions and answers, she states:

“(If you were to die tomorrow…Would you tell anyone you were going to die?) probably not.”

--In another response she writes:

“(Where do you see yourself in 5 years)…not here. but wherever i am, i hope i will strive to be find the joy in the moments and those in my life.”

--Finally, when asked about suicide she offers this two-word response:

“an itch.”
I am going to stop here with this post. I apologize for not getting into some of the case issues raised by readers in the comments section, but hope to address that next time.

Previous posts in this series can be accessed by clicking "Kathleen McBroom" on the left margin of the home page or a list of historical posts is here.


J. J. in Phila said...

The thing that struck be was the seeming change in tone in the last several entries. It was more spiritual in nature.

That change raised some red flags.

BobKat said...

I get chills realizing her situation... from the way Slam is portraying it. I wish I had time to read Kathleen's blog, but I don't. What stun's me the most is the parallel I can imagine between her thoughts about her job, and similar feelings with my job.

I'm concerned about her back injury, the pain she felt, the side-effects of meds that were to help, and the knowledge that "bosses" aren't necessarily consider these days, as much as they may have been in the past.

I'm not sure "the suicide itch" is what she would have chose as a next step... at the point I'm at work at a donut shop beats suicide. My concern is that if she fell asleep in her car in her drive-way, she may have done the same if she had to pull off the highway. This obviously makes for a solid opportunity for anyone disposed to that sort of event - and foul play.

What searches have been conducted in the area? And was it the same day she was pulled over by the police? I'm getting mixed info on those two questions.

Thank you Slam - for covering this case!

Dan said...

Every day someone disappears. And they leave people trying to find out if they are hurt, abducted, dead, hiding, etc. But the real killer is the pain left for those who knew them not finding out and coming to closure. Unfortunately, much like the unknown Boulder lady who spent 50 years buried without ID, some take a real long time to connect up. Many times long after the circle of acquaintances has passed on as well.

Oz Girl said...

I agree with Dan... her family is going through intense pain not having any closure here. I wish for their sake that the police could find some sort of clue to indicate what happened to poor Kathleen.

I will agree with Kathleen's view as far as her boss is concerned, and BobKat's view also. Too many managers these days are severely lacking in any compassion or empathy. And I know from experience how a bad boss can affect every facet of your life. I am thankful every single day that I escaped a bad boss situation (8 years) in OH when I met my husband and moved to KS!!!

Slamdunk said...

@ BobKat: the media reports were scarce about specifics in searches. It appears that the area near the truck was the focus of the searches. Evidently, a rail company lent equipment and resources to assist authorities in examining the rugged terrain for any sign of the missing woman.

The searches were not conducted until at least 4 days after she was last seen on the Monday--after her truck was located by family on Friday of that same week.

I am formulating my theme for the next post, but I want it to address the medications issue.

@ Dan: Thanks for reminding me about the Boulder case that was recently in the news. I should do a post on it as that sovled missing persons story fits my interest area.

@Oz Girl: The boss conflict issue is an interesting issue in the case. One of the missing woman's daughter made a comment about something the boss in question allegedly did, if it is true, would reveal quite a bit about the supervisor's character.