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Missing Rita Marie Bartschot
Bartschot, circa 1990; Drew Thompson, circa 2009
Missing Since 08/24/1990
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 11/25/1949 (71)
Age 40 years old
Height and Weight 5'3, 100 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A gold St. Rose Academy 1967 class ring with a red stone.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Bartschot wears eyeglasses.
Details of Disappearance Bartschot was last seen on the morning of August 24, 1990, working in the yard at her deceased mother's home in the 5500 block of 31st Avenue northeast in Seattle, Washington. She has never been heard from again. When a neighbor checked on the house, she noticed the television set was turned on, the cat had been left without water or foot, and the coffee pot was full of coffee that had turned moldy. The neighbor reported Bartschot missing.
Drew Richard Thompson, an unemployed landscaper, was charged with using Bartschot's debit card on September 7, two weeks after her disappearance. A photo of Thompson is posted with this case summary. He withdrew a total of $3,200 from her accounts. Following his arrest, police found another of Bartschot's bank cards at his home. Her vehicle, a blue Honda which had disappeared with her, was found near the University of Washington campus on September 9. There was blood in the backseat.
Thompson pleaded guilty to first-degree theft in relation to his withdrawals from Bartschot's accounts. In May 1991, he was charged with her murder. Two of his former cellmates testified at the trial, saying Thompson had told them he killed Bartschot and the police would never find the body. He was convicted of first-degree murder in November 1991 and sentenced to 32 years in prison. He continues to maintain his innocence, and will not be eligible for parole until 2022.