Body of Gaylord woman who police believe was killed still missing after 31 years

Cathy Ann Hawley last seen at Maple Ridge Estates in Gaylord in 1992

Cathy Ann Hawley (NAMUS)

GAYLORD, Mich. – It has been 31 years since a Gaylord woman vanished and investigators believe she was killed.

Cathy Ann Hawley, 41, was last seen on Feb. 28, 1992, at the Maple Ridge Estates in Gaylord. Her ex-husband John Vincent Hyland, Jr. is the prime suspect in her disappearance, according to the Doe Network.

Cathy Hawley had recently won a financial claim settlement stemming from the recent divorce. Part of the settlement included a restraining order against Hyland contacting Cathy Hawley at her workplace, according to the Doe Network.

In the early 1990s, Hyland was convicted of sexually assaulting his two young daughters. In 2011, he was convicted of a felony for failing to register as a sex offender in Mobile, Alabama.

Failure to register as a sex offender is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The latest records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons have Hyland listed as “not in BOP custody” and with a release date of “unknown.” He is 93 years old.

Cathy Hawley’s body has never been found. There have been at least three unidentified bodies that investigators have ruled out as a match in this case.

Anyone with information about Cathy Hawley’s case should contact Michigan State Police at 989-732-2778. The agency case number is 73-479-92.

DetailsCathy Ann Hawley
Weight142 lbs
Identifying marksScars on inner thigh and scar on posterior thigh

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