POLK COUNTY -- The mysterious disappearance of Glenn Pennie was featured on a nationally-broadcast crime talk show on the Fox News Channel on Saturday.
Members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office traveled to New York City to participate in a taping of the "Justice with Judge Jeanine" program.
The producers wanted to include the Pennie investigation for a special on cold cases, said Polk Lt. Jeff Isham, who appeared on the episode.
Pennie was last seen on Oct. 3, 2004. The sheriff's office has said that he may have been the victim of foul play, with a possible connection to his late father's estate that was worth more than $1.5 million.
Isham said the show was an opportunity to discuss another hypothesis: that Pennie vanished on his own and doesn't want to be found.
"We've never found his body. We want to explore that maybe Glenn isn't dead," Isham said. "Maybe there's a possibility that there's money missing from his father's estate and Glenn could be somewhere else in the United States or out of the country.
"If that was the case, what better way to get exposure to the entire country than go on a national news show and show the reward poster?"
Isham said Glenn Pennie's late father, George Pennie, owned several properties in Oakland, Calif. Interviews with witnesses in California said that there were six safes among those properties that were filled with valuable coins and gold and silver bars, Isham said.
"Three safes were found empty," he said. "The others are missing."
Isham said some who were interviewed opined that Glenn Pennie or his brother, Dale Pennie, who has been considered a person of interest, may have taken the safes.
"I'm not saying that this is the lead we're chasing," Isham continued. "But we just want to be able to cover all angles."