Police suspect foul play in Mansfield woman’s disappearance

Patsy Hudson

MANSFIELD, Ohio (WCMH)–A 62-year-old Mansfield woman is missing, and police believe her former next door neighbors know something about her disappearance.

Neighbors told police they last saw Patsy Hudson on Spring Street early last July when she got into an argument with a couple that lived next door about all the stray cats she fed.

Not long after that, the couple, Walter Renz and his girlfriend, abruptly packed their belongings into a blue van and moved out.

Neighbors say they reported Hudson missing a number of times but it wasn’t until relatives reported her missing just before Christmas that police started investigating.

Now, police suspect foul play.

Last week, investigators executed search warrants at both houses looking for Patsy Hudson’s body or evidence of kidnapping or murder.

They collected various bits of possible evidence including toothbrushes, cigarette butts, a nightgown and chair coverings. They did not find Patsy Hudson.

Neighbor Mark Clever says he hopes they find Hudson alive but he’s losing hope.

“I think they probably took her with them,” Clever says. “They got her. That’s what I think. She was nice, didn’t bother nobody, kept to herself, couldn’t ask for a better neighbor than her.”

In the search warrant affidavits, investigators say Hudson’s social security payments are still going into her bank account and that “ATM transactions all over the country have been made to take money out of her account.”

Investigators also say that “someone is paying a Verizon cell phone bill using her (Hudson’s) debit card” even though Hudson does not have a cell phone.

Dwight Wallen says his cousin Walter Renz was homeless when he let him move into his rental property next to Patsy Hudson. Wallen says Renz has struggled with life in general for many years. He says Renz an explosive temper but does not have a history of violence.

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