Saturday, June 20, 2009

It's not like on TV (April 14, 2006)

Sometimes it seems there just aren't enough happy endings.

Wednesday, our local news reported that a teenage girl had been kidnapped in Kansas, and was perhaps being brought south into our state, so everyone should be on the lookout. As it turns out, she returned home safely, and then the story seemed to be why Oklahoma didn't issue an Amber alert. But by Thursday, the girl had admitted the whole thing was a hoax. And really, that's better than a child having been held against her will, but then you have to wonder what kind of turmoil is going on in her life that faking a kidnappping seemed like a good idea at the time.

But, unfortunately, that story became old news quickly here in OK when Thursday evening we did issue an Amber alert for a local ten year old who was missing and believed kidnapped. Sadly, for whatever reason, the girl was believed to have been a runaway for more than 24 hours, so the widespread notification was going out horribly late.

So, you spend your commute time looking for the described vehicle and reading the flashing highway signs to see if there are any updates, and hoping to God that the worst thing that happens is that it turns out to be another hoax.

But, the small town police chief just held his press conference and reported that the child's body has been found. They do have a suspect in custody, and they're still "early in the investigation", but it seems that what little information they gathered yesterday for the Amber alert actually turned out to be unrelated, so they don't have a single idea why this little girl had to die.

And I don't know why we can't get just a few more happy endings.