LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- The search continues for a missing middle school teacher. Amy Patterson hasn't been seen since July and now deputies say her ex-husband is a person of interest and they want to talk to him. Problem is Daniel Proctor is no where to be found and this isn't the first time he's been wanted by law enforcement.
Patterson has been a teacher at Mariner Middle School in Cape Coral since August 2010. When she didn't show up for the first day of work, suspicion began. Her current boyfriend and ex-husband, Daniel Proctor, was arrested for battery in the 90's against Amy. Now he is telling his mother in Alabama one thing and neighbors in southwest Florida another.
Gloria Sabella lives across the street from Amy Patterson's house in Bokeelia. Patterson's home is now sealed with red evidence tape. Sabella law saw her neighbor in July and then several weeks later saw her boyfriend, Daniel Proctor.
"He sat right there on the porch and cried to me and told me this big story about how she left to go to Alabama to see her son and was involved in a head on collision and died," said Sabella.
Sabella said Lee County Sheriff's deputies told her the story about Patterson dying in an accident wasn't true. He told his mother, in Alabama, something completely different when he showed up at her home last week in Amy's car.
"I just asked him where Amy was. He said she had gone to Texas to see her son," said Joyce Rosenbaum, Daniel's mother.
Records show Proctor and Patterson were married in 1992 and divorced in 1994. In Alabama, Proctor is no stranger to law enforcement, having a violent past against Amy. He was charged with assault against her in 1994 and also has past charges of check fraud and burglary.
Patterson is a Science teacher at Mariner Middle School. She didn't show up for the first day of work on July 25 and deputies said they're very interested in talking to Proctor.
"Hoping he can provide us with information on Miss Patterson's whereabouts," said Lt. Ryan Bell, Lee County Sheriff's Deputies.
Sabella said Proctor was convincing in his story about the whereabouts of her neighbor but she believes something doesn't add up.
"There has been talk that each one of them had different aliases so its hard to say what is really going on there," said Sabella.
WINK News is working to find out why it took so long for anyone to report Amy missing. If you have any information on this case, call Crimestoppers or the Lee County Sheriff's Office.