YOUNGSTOWN — Elizabeth White, mother of alleged murder victim Glenna J. White, said Tuesday she was unable to search for her missing daughter because she herself had been arrested on a warrant when she called the police to report her daughter missing.
She was the first witness in the aggravated murder trial of Robert L. Moore, who is charged with Glenna’s death. Glenna, 16, of Smith Township, disappeared on June 3, 2009, after leaving a house on Alden Avenue near Alliance at the end of June 2, 2009, with Moore, 52, who returned alone to the Alden Avenue house about an hour later with blood. and mud on his clothes, according to prosecutors.
Elizabeth White called Alliance Police when she realized Glenna was missing on June 3, but Alliance Police said White should call another law enforcement agency, so Elizabeth called the Stark County Sheriff’s Office to report her daughter missing.
But Elizabeth White had outstanding warrants for unpaid fines and was taken to Stark County Jail, she said.
While in jail for three to four days, she continuously called her mother asking if Glenna had been found, but her mother said no.
Glenna’s body was never found.
Tuesday was the first day of testimony in the trial in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. The trial resumes today before Judge Maureen Sweeney and is expected to last more than a week.
Many police officers are on the witness list, including those from Alliance, Stark County, Portage County and Smith Township in Mahoning County. The break in the Glenna White cold case came in 2020, when a Portage County Sheriff’s Office investigator received a tip that led him to investigate further. Alliance is located in both Stark and Mahoning counties and is close to Portage and Columbiana counties.
After Elizabeth White returned from prison, attempts were made to find clues to what had happened to Glenna on Glenna’s computer. But after that, Elizabeth said she got “too depressed to do anything” and sat on the couch for a week. Elizabeth testified that she and Glenna both had mental health issues.
Elizabeth White, 50, who lives in Alliance, said that during the first 10 years of Glenna’s life she was not a very good mother and suffered from manic depression and anxiety and drank heavily.
She took Glenna in for a mental health evaluation in the fall of 2008, and it showed that Glenna had “dissociative identity disorder” and had about 20 “different personalities” that took control of her personality “from once in a while, depending on her mood and what was going on.” Glenna had “heard voices” since she was a toddler, Elizabeth said.
Some of her behavior was reckless and she would be “cranky, angry, irritable”, Elizabeth admitted under questioning by Assistant County District Attorney Rob Andrews. Glenna had run away from home twice and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, Elizabeth said.
On June 2, Glenna asked to go to a party at a house on Alden Avenue, but Elizabeth said no and told her to be home at 7 or 8 p.m., Elizabeth testified. Glenna asked Elizabeth’s boyfriend, Jason Nuzum, and he also said no, Elizabeth said. Glenna told her mother that she was already at the party and was not leaving.
Moore was the boyfriend of the woman who lived in the house, Deanna Shrive, prosecutors said.
Nuzum and another man went to find Glenna the night Glenna disappeared, but they did not return with her and she never saw her daughter again, Elizabeth said.
Much of the testimony that followed focused on instances in which various people reported seeing Glenna alive after June 3, 2009, but Elizabeth said she made a habit of telling people not to take her anymore. tell such stories unless they have a picture of her daughter to prove it.
She said one of the reasons she doesn’t believe Glenna is still alive is because “my daughter would never have left my mother.”