Oregon Police Appeal For Public’s Help in Solving 1992 Cold Case

The disappearance of Patricia Lynn Swanberg is under fresh scrutiny.

Verity Partington
3 min readAug 15


Patricia Lynn Swanberg, missing sicne 1992 (Image: Corvallis Police Department)

Police in the Oregon city of Corvallis have appealed for the public’s help in solving the disappearance of a 34-year-old woman that took place in 1992.

Patricia Lynn Swanberg was reported missing by her employer at a home for the elderly when she failed to show up for work on August 12th that year. She had last been seen by a co-worker when she left the same building to use a payphone outside on August 10th.

An intensive investigation was quickly begun by detectives at Corvallis Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, and they undertook canine searches and questioned everyone they could who might have had a connection to Patricia.

Shortly afterwards, Patricia’s car was found unlocked and abandoned downtown with her purse and personal items still inside, although there are no reports of a struggle inside the vehicle.

Little has been made public about the circumstances of this case, but Patricia’s family disclosed that she was in an abusive relationship before she disappeared and had a restraining order against her ex-husband, Clarence ‘CJ’ Pursifull.

Incidentally, he claimed that the last time he saw Patricia alive was August 10th 1992, the same day as the other witness.

Patricia was never seen or heard from again and this leads her family members to believe she is no longer alive. Detectives say they did once have a significant person of interest in the disappearance, but did not disclose his identity and said he had recently died.

“The majority of the leads ran out within the first year,” Corvallis PD Lt. Ben Harvey admitted to KBND News.

Nevertheless, the department still hopes to one day solve this case and bring Patricia’s remains back to her loved ones.

“We are hoping someone in the community who may know something can come forward, anonymously if needed. While Patricia has been gone for some time, she is not forgotten and she has always been on our mind. We would like to help bring Patricia home,” a statement said.



Verity Partington

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