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Missing Esther Mae Gesler
Gesler, circa 1976; Glenn Bagley in 1979; Bagley, circa 2009
Missing Since 03/13/1976
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 05/16/1938 (82)
Age 37 years old
Height and Weight 5'8, 155 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A red t-shirt with the words "ATHLETE'S FOOT" in white lettering, a black leather coat with a fur collar and red and white checkered pants.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Gesler has a Cesarean section scar on her abdomen. She may use the last name Bagley.
Gesler kept a hairdresser's appointment in Auburn, Washington that day. She never returned home and has never been heard from again. After her disappearance, her car was found abandoned in a municipal parking lot at 1st Street northeast and B Street in Auburn.
Authorities believe Gesler was murdered by her ex-husband, Glenn Allan Bagley. Photos of Bagley are posted with this case summary. It was his car Gesler was driving on the day of her disappearance, and phone records prove he called her a few days before.
Bagley moved to the Philippines shortly after Gesler disappeared and worked as a civil engineer in the capital city of Manila for many years. He never spoke to Washington police again, although over the years they tried to build a case against him for murder.
He maintained his innocence in all three cases and claimed he was building a cat house in his garage on the day Gesler went missing. His then-girlfriend supported his story, but in 2004 she recanted and told the police Bagley had threatened her life. He supposedly said if she ever revealed anything he'd told her, she would "end up in the same culvert in Quilcene as Esther."
Bagley died of cancer in the Philippines in February 2016. Gesler's case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. Kent police are investigating her disappearance.
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