Slain Missouri ER doctor John Forsyth was expecting baby with new fiancée
A Missouri ER doctor’s body has been found in a lake more than a week after he went missing under mysterious circumstances. Dr. John Forsyth, a 49-year-old newly divorced father of eight, was last seen alive on May 21, when security cameras in the parking lot of a public pool in Cassville showed him getting into someone’s vehicle. Three days earlier, Forsyth had proposed to a nurse who worked with him. Most of his relatives were unaware of the engagement. The ER doctor’s bride-to-be is eight-months pregnant with the couple’s first child, a source anonymously told Fox News Digital.
Forsyth’s engagement came a short time after he finalized his divorce from his wife — a woman whom he had married twice between 1995 and 2022. On May 10, a judge ordered Forsyth to pay his ex-wife $3,999 in child support a month, plus another $15,000 a month, which the doctor did not contest. By all accounts, the split was amicable.
Forsyth’s brother, Richard, complained to Fox News Digital that he and his family have been kept “in the dark” by the authorities about the investigation. Authorities have not said whether they believe Forsyth was killed or died by suicide.
On the day he vanished, Forsyth had just finished a 12-hour shift at Mercy Hospital in Cassville. He texted his fiancée that he would see her in “a little bit,” but then stopped responding to her messages, Cassville Police Detective Stuart Lombard previously told Fox News Digital.
A kayaker found Forsyth’s body floating in Beaver Lake in neighboring Arkansas, about 25 miles from Cassville, with a gunshot wound nine days after his disappearance. Security footage showed the doctor heading to his luxury RV, where he stayed while on call. Cameras later captured Forsyth in the parking of the aquatic center in Cassville, about a mile from the hospital, where he was seen entering someone’s vehicle, after leaving his own car unlocked with his wallet, two phones, a laptop and other items inside.
Forsyth then apparently emerged from the unknown car and was seen walking around the parking lot for “10 to 15 minutes.” The medic was due back in the hospital for his night shift at 7 p.m. but never made it, which was extremely out of character for him, according to those who knew him.
Q: How did Forsyth die?
A: Authorities have not said whether they believe Forsyth was killed or died by suicide.
Q: Was Forsyth planning to get married?
A: Yes, Forsyth had just proposed to a nurse who worked with him. His bride-to-be is eight-months pregnant with the couple’s first child.
Q: Did Forsyth have any enemies?
A: Forsyth’s father said that his son told him he had “made some enemies” and hinted that “there are people who don’t like what I’m doing,” but he did not get into details.
Q: Was there any previous attempt on Forsyth’s life?
A: Family said Forsyth had been kidnapped and threatened in February 2022 in an incident related to cryptocurrency.
Q: Did Forsyth leave any possessions behind when he disappeared?
A: Forsyth left his car unlocked with his wallet, two phones, a laptop and other items inside when he disappeared. His Acura was later found near a waste treatment facility located 700 feet from the public pool, with his stethoscope dangling from the rearview mirror.
John Forsyth, Missouri ER doctor who was slain, was anticipating a child with his newly engaged partner.
A Missouri ER doctor who went missing under mysterious circumstances and was found dead in a lake over a week later had recently become engaged to a nurse who was eight months pregnant with his child. Dr. John Forsyth, a newly divorced father of eight, had just proposed to the nurse before he disappeared on May 21. His family was unaware of the engagement, and most relatives did not meet her until after Forsyth’s death. According to an anonymous source, Forsyth’s fiancée was carrying the couple’s first child.
Three days before his disappearance, Forsyth had been ordered by a judge to pay his ex-wife $3,999 a month in child support and $15,000 a month, which he did not dispute. Forsyth and his brother had also created a cryptocurrency, Onfo, and the doctor was said to be a millionaire.
Authorities have not revealed whether they believe Forsyth was killed or died by suicide, and his family has vehemently denied that he would have taken his own life. The beloved doctor had finished a 12-hour shift at Mercy Hospital in Cassville and had texted his fiancée before leaving. Security footage shows him entering someone’s vehicle in a public pool parking lot, which was about a mile from Forsyth’s RV, where he stayed when on call. Forsyth never showed up for his night shift at the hospital, and his body was discovered nine days later with a gunshot wound.
Forsyth’s family claimed that he had been kidnapped and threatened in February 2022 in a cryptocurrency-related incident. He was reportedly zip-tied and taken on a car ride, according to his brother. Although an autopsy has been completed, the results will not be made public until the investigation is finished.