SALT LAKE CITY — Human remains have been found at the home of an elderly Cedar City woman who has not been seen in several months, police announced Thursday.
Meanwhile, police are also looking for the woman's adult son who was charged Tuesday in Iron County’s 5th District Court with illegally using his mother's bank account, according to court records.
Cedar City police announced the strange events in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon. The investigation began on July 31 when police were called to conduct a welfare check on 73-year-old Kay Gosewisch, who by that point had not been seen in several months, police stated. Officers went to the house but did not see anything suspicious at that time.
On Aug. 18, police received a call regarding suspicious activity with Gosewisch’s bank account, according to the statement.,
“Her son, Joshua James Glover, a 32-year-old male, was attempting to withdraw several thousand dollars from her account. It was also reported that he has used the account numerous times,” Cedar City police stated.
Police then went back to Gosewisch’s home where neighbors said she was possibly in Washington or Nevada visiting family. But officers noted that Gosewisch’s car was in her driveway, according to the statement.
“Since that time, (the) Cedar City Police Investigations Division has followed up on the suspicious information and found that Joshua James Glover had been using her bank account since April,” police stated.
When police went to Gosewisch’s home a third time, they entered the house due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding her whereabouts and bank account. Inside, “officers observed items that appeared to be suspicious,” police stated, without saying what that was.
A search warrant was then obtained for the rest of the property, and “investigators located buried human remains,” police stated.
The remains were sent to the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and to possibly determine a cause of death.
On Tuesday, Glover was charged with unlawful acquisition of a financial card, a third-degree felony. A warrant was also issued for his arrest for failing to show up to court on charges of possession of a firearm by a restricted person and two counts of drug possession that were filed in March.
According to charging documents, a manager at Gosewisch’s bank has “not seen or heard from Ms. Gosewisch since March or April and this is very unusual for her to not come into the bank.”
The manager had also heard she was in Washington helping family members with COVID-19, the charges state. But since she allegedly left, he said Glover “has been accessing Ms. Gosewisch’s bank account for quite some time and making multiple ATM withdrawals. He noted that this was unusual. (The manager) also noted that Ms. Gosewisch’s account balances had been reduced significantly below her average balance in the recent months,” according to charging documents.
The bank said Glover would withdraw $300 at a time, and in July made 23 withdrawals of $300, charging documents state.
On Aug. 7, Glover attempted to withdraw $5,000, but this time the bank asked where Gosewisch was, the charges state. He told the manager his mother was at home and he would go get her, according to charging documents, but he never returned.
Charging documents also noted that “multiple checks that were allegedly written to Joshua Glover from Mrs. Gosewisch appear to have been forged, as the signature does not match the handwriting sample provided to your affiant by the bank. Ms. Gosewisch’s utilities are past due and her bills are not being paid. The bank account activity seems to show that Joshua Glover has used the money for himself, and that Ms. Gosewisch has not personally accessed the account since April.”
As of Thursday, police were still looking for Glover. He is believed to be in his mother’s 2007 white Saturn Ion with Utah license plate 776UUV. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and 150 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. Police are calling him a person of interest in his mother’s disappearance and say he should be considered “armed and dangerous.”