LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- Just a week ago, WINK News was told about Amy Patterson's disappearance. In seven days, no sign of Patterson but her ex-husband, Daniel Proctor, is behind bars in Lee County.
The family of Daniel Proctor in Alabama said they don't know what is going on. They know their son is behind bars in Florida but past that they said they don't know what to think. The family of Amy Patterson said they've started to work down the road of finding acceptance to the fact that they may never see their loved one again.
Nearly a month and a half ago, Mariner Middle School teacher Amy Patterson disappeared. The man considered a suspect in the case was captured Monday at 3:45 a.m. at the Best Western in Okeechobee.
"They were just surprised he was here in Okeechobee," said Sandra Ocho, front desk clerk, Best Western.
U.S. Marshals got a tip that Proctor was sleeping in the white Ford Explorer he allegedly stole in Alabama. That car was impounded and turned over to the Lee County Sheriff's Office and Proctor is behind bars at the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
"I was like wow, he could have come in here and did something to us," said Ocho.
Amy lived with Proctor in Bokeelia. The home along with Amy's car were made crime scenes last week as investigators removed evidence trying to piece this case together. Amy's brother, telling WINK News, he has just one question.
"I just want to know what has happened to Amy. I don't care to hear anything else but where she is at. In all this time, he's the only person who knows what happened to her and we're waiting for him to give us that information," said Daryoush Salehi, Amy's brother.
On August 25, Proctor showed up at his mother's house in Alabama, in Amy's car. He told his mother Amy was visiting their son in Texas. His mom knew something wasn't right and called law enforcement. Neighbors in Lee County making up their own mind on Proctor's fate.
"I think he's probably guilty as hell. I hope they find the body so they can put him away," said Matt Thomas, who is a neighbor.
WHNT in Alabama reporting that Amy graduated from Grissom High School in 1988 and went by her maiden name of Amy Guenther. Amy and Proctor had been on and off again after they divorced in 1994. They had been living in Bokeelia for the last several years. Amy's family, hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
"We have hope but for most of us its we're leaning towards we're not going to see her alive," said Salehi.
Proctor has not been charged with anything in connection to Amy's disappearance. He's facing two felony fugitive warrants out of Alabama for theft of property. One for the gun he allegedly stole and the other for the car he allegedly stole. The Lee County Sheriff's Office told WINK News Monday night that Proctor will be in front of a judge in Lee County on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.