Did a devoted mother of two simply abandon her family?
On March 12, 1994, Paul Pollis’s wife, Charlotte, vanished from their home in Girard, Ohio. Paul maintained his innocence throughout, but Charlotte’s mother, Charlotte Nagi, was convinced that Paul knew exactly what happened to her daughter:
Did Paul Pollis get away with murder? Police cannot say because there is a lack of evidence to prove a crime was even committed. Until solid leads develop, Paul Pollis will very likely remain locked in an ugly dispute with his wife’s family, over just what happened to Charlotte the day she vanished.
About the only thing everyone agreed on was that Charlotte was sick the day before she disappeared. That night, Paul’s parents looked after the couple’s two children while Paul took Charlotte to the hospital. She had an acute ear infection marked by pain and dizziness. After Paul’s parents left, Charlotte phoned her mother:
According to Paul, the last time he saw Charlotte was shortly after that phone call:
According to Paul, he buckled the kids into their car seats and headed off for a day of errands. There were stops at the pharmacy, the laundromat, and a scrap yard, then burgers at a fast food restaurant, and finally a couple of hours spent looking at houses for sale. However, Paul’s account of that day is disputed by several people. One of those people was Charlotte’s mother. She claimed that she called the house several times before 11:00, when Paul said he was still at home:
Paul said he returned home with the children at around 4:00 PM, but Charlotte wasn’t there. At that time, he had no concerns for her safety:
When Charlotte’s family learned that she was missing, they rushed to the house. After talking to Paul, Charlotte’s sister, Amriah Nagi, decided to take a look outside. She noticed two sets of footprints in the snow that stretched from a side door towards a small shed:
According to Charlotte’s mother, Paul then became very angry:
Amriah believed the pair of footprints in the snow suggested that Paul had help:
To prove his innocence, Paul agreed to take a polygraph test. He made an appointment for Tuesday, three days after his wife disappeared. But Paul did not show up. He wasn’t at home either and left a note on his dresser which read, “I love my wife and would never do anything to harm her intentionally.” For three months, Paul stayed out of sight. Then one day, he reappeared with an explanation:
Charlotte Nagi Pollis was last seen in March of 1994. According to the police, Paul Pollis remains the only suspect in the case.