Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wife of Missing Glenmore Treasurer Michael Comer Issues Partial Statement

Kandi Kessler Comer is Director of Golf at Glenmore Country Club.

What's missing from the statement?
Among other things:

*A reward for any information on the whereabouts of the Glenmore Community Association's disgraced ex-Treasurer / ex-Glenmore Country Club President

*An acknowledgment that an audit conducted by a third party, Robinson, Cox, and Farmer, identifies Comer as having control over the GCA funds since 1994 with no internal controls providing fiduciary accuracy;

*A recognition that there is now a necessity for more extensive audits;

*A recognition that the disappearance and missing funds have harmed, among others,
  • Individual Glenmore residents
  • The Glenmore subdivision
  • The Glenmore Community Association
  • Glenmore Associates, the Developer
  • The Board of Directors individually, and as a unit, of the GCA
  • Brother-in-law Jeff Gaffney, CEO of Real Estate III
  • Real Estate III
Of course, including several of the above points in a statement might have indicated prior knowledge of events or behavior.

What is included in the statement:

*Thanks to those supporting the family in this difficult time.

*A request that the media respect the family's privacy.

Unfortunately, the latter request is moot as Michael Comer seems to have engaged in an act that will generate the interest of the Albemarle County Police, the FBI, the IRS, the Commonwealth's Attorney, and numerous civil and criminal lawyers, plus accounting firms and accountants with forensic expertise, for months to come.

Statement From Kandi Comer

I cannot begin to describe how difficult Mike's disappearance has been on our family. The worst part is that we do not know where Mike is or whether he is dead or alive. Our children who are 12 and 14 are understandably devastated. Life has not been the same for any of us since July 1st. Over the past 20 years I have only known Mike to be honest and hard working. He is a wonderful husband and a devoted father who truly adores his kids. Neither the kids nor Mike's parents or I saw anything in the days and weeks preceding Mike's disappearance that seemed suspicious or out of the ordinary. We are all just at a loss.

It is frustrating because we are thinking and worrying about Mike 24 hours a day and want to do something to help find him, but all we can do at this point is continue to pray that he is safe and will come home. I am grateful to the Wintergreen and Nelson County police departments who have been working hard to locate Mike and who have been keeping me up to date on the investigation. I know they will continue to be diligent in their search. I am hopeful that we will have some answers to our questions in the near future. In the meantime, I am trying to remain positive and focus on caring for my kids.

I want to thank everyone in the Glenmore community and in Charlottesville for the support they have shown to me and my children during the last 3 weeks. We appreciate your continued prayers for Mike and our family and ask that the media respect our privacy.

Related Reading: an earlier update.

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