Friday, October 23, 2009
Can We Better Search for Missing Children?
Procedures kicked in for persons registered as sex offenders after 7-year-old Somer Thomspon went missing earlier this week.
At this time, investigators indicate that questioning of the 161 offenders living in the 5-mile radius of where the child lived has led to the conclusion that none were involved in what is now considered a homicide. (Read more here).
I remember another sad situation where police immediately used the registry as a source to plot a dragnet, only to tragically learn during the search that the two missing boys had hidden in the trunk of a car during some sort of game. Both were discovered dead.
My hopes are that police involved in the search knocked on every single door in this child's neighborhood, not just those that the press prays may be involved. To assume 161 people out of who knows how many living in that five-mile radius rate as the prime possible suspects would prove a travesty.
For the child to disappear so quickly on a walk home from school, my guess is the poor thing knew the person(s) who may be involved, which--sad to relate at such a difficult time for those who loved Somer so--is research-proven.
Police are not releasing details of the autopsy. Also disturbing.
Something just isn't ringing true.....
Our thoughts are with the family.