PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. – Angela Green’s disappearance could be taken to court. However, it would be civil at this point and not criminal. Green’s family say they are considering a wrongful death lawsuit against her husband, Geoff Green. He was the last known person to have seen her and was also the quietest.
“We really want to know what Geoff has to say,” said Green’s niece Michelle Guo.
The Prairie Village mother went missing in June 2019. At the time, she was living with her husband. However, Angela was not reported missing until her daughter, Ellie Green, realized something was wrong in February 2020. Ellie says her father told her Angela died from an accident. cerebrovascular disease at an unknown Kansas hospital, and he didn’t tell Angela’s family what had happened. to her. When Angela’s family called Ellie in February last year, she told them her mother had passed away, but they wanted proof.
Ellie says she went to Topeka to get her mother’s death certificate, but the clerk’s office told her there was no record of her mother’s death. When she found out, Ellie says she immediately called the Prairie Village Police Department and a missing person case was initiated.
“It’s hard to see him being placed in a place where he could be responsible for my mother’s death, but at the same time justice must be served and he must answer questions,” Green said.
For the past year and a half, Ellie and Guo have been fighting for answers. FOX4 worked with them on the investigation, but they also produced a number of podcasts and used TikTok to publicize Angela’s case. Now, they’ve launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for local private investigators and a wrongful death lawsuit.
“There has been no movement, no update. Our family needs answers and we need to get justice for my aunt, ”Guo said.
Phil LeVota is a death and personal injury lawyer. He says a civil lawsuit could reveal information that would help a prosecutor mount a criminal case.
“The prosecutor will monitor this and see what the potential defendant says in a civil deposition case. They can be used sometimes, they can’t be used sometimes, but they will watch, and that would be very beneficial for a criminal investigation and prosecution, ”LeVota said.
According to Prairie Village Police, Geoff Green didn’t speak to them until the day Angela went missing. His lawyer maintains that his client has no comment on the case and is not the subject of criminal charges. In the past year, the Prairie Village Police Department executed three search warrants in this matter. One in the family home, another in a warehouse, and a third in the family’s second home in Lawrence. Despite the warrants, Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe has not filed a criminal case and Green’s case is still considered a missing person case despite no evidence of his life.
Over the past year, FOX4 has spoken with her daughter, Ellie Green, and listened to secret tapes she made with her father, posing unlikely scenarios as to what happened to Angela.
FOX4 requested copies of the three warrants, but the requests were denied.
“I wouldn’t say he cooperated. He has the right to seek advice. He does, and so at the moment he is not able to communicate with us, I believe Mr. Green loves his daughter very much, and if he was involved in it he will be the father and tell her girl what’s going on, or someone will tell someone something and they’ll report it, ”Prairie Village Detective Adam Taylor told FOX4 in January of this year.
“We can only assume that they have proof, but they don’t have enough, and they are waiting for something else, but we don’t know what it is, but the fact that they might have some. Unjustified fatal injury could help them, ”LeVota said.
Ellie graduated in journalism from Colorado State University in December. She says that while mounting a civil suit is difficult, she knows her mother is proud of her wherever she is.
“I always try to do something with my life and make my mom proud, as well as find answers so that the rest of us can have something to do as we continue to move forward with our lives,” Green said.
“Ellie and I will never stop standing up for Angela, trying to find out what happened to her and trying to get justice for her,” Guo said.
“I’m going to say the exact same thing I said to him the other day when we executed the warrant: we just want help.” You may have some information. You should not. But we’re here to help, and all we ask you to do is come forward and let us know everything you know about Angela, ”Taylor said in January.
The Prairie Village Police Department and the Johnson County District Attorney were unable to comment on the idea of a civil lawsuit.
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