Anything I touch lately seems to break.
We are down two computers, so I don't have the next post on the Nikki LaDue January case.
Instead, I wanted to discuss the search for another missing person.
Fifty-six year old grandmother Marie Hanson was last seen at July 6, 2011. She and a friend had been camping at a large gathering at the Skookum Meadown near Stevenson, WA organized by the "Rainbow Family."
It was Marie's first time attending the Rainbow Family's annual event, and reportedly she had been ill during her time there.
Because the gathering involved more than 20,000 attendees, Marie's friends searched for her for a few days before returning home with her belongings.
Authorities and the woman's family have conducted several searches of the rugged forested area around where her camp was, but have not found any new leads as to her whereabouts.
Though members of the Rainbow Family (the Family is considered the largest non-organization in the world) are usually a closed-knit society, they have been supportive in providing information and assisting the woman's relatives in searches of the area.
I am currently reviewing Marie's case, and will have an additional post on specifics of the investigation later.
I do have several concerns after listening to this recent podcast that included an interview with Marie's family--one being with a "psychic" trying to help.
At about 12:01 of the show, the "clairvoyant" tells members of the family that Marie is "not alive" and "...being under the assumption that she is alive and will pop-up is being in denial."
Its not bad enough that the loved ones of a missing person are saddled with having to navigate the investigation with little guidance, using their own creativity to generate awareness, contacting and meeting with persons who may have information, and organizing searches.
But to also have to sit and listen to a person claiming to have mystical powers criticize you, and say to get over it (stop hoping that she is alive) that your loved one is deceased must be infuriating.
I just have this image of a sunglasses-wearing clairvoyant with her feet propped up in a recliner, eating Doritos, next to a phone that is labeled "Psychic Friends Network" making all of these predictions.
Interestingly, the psychic eliminated certain pieces of case information as irrelevant; arguing this on the basis of feelings.
Anyway, the family held their composure during the interview and it provided lots of useful information--a credit to them and something I would not have been able to take.
Searchers for information involving Marie's disappearance have been hampered by bad weather, but were still able to use dogs in certain areas.
I'll have additional information on this case in the coming weeks.
Kudos to family members for their patience.
More also can be found on the family's site here.
UPDATE OCTOBER 10, 2011: The family announced that the Skamania County Sheriff told them that human remains and jewelry were discovered near the campsite by searchers.
A positive indentification is pending.
I stand by the post. If I were in their situation--my loved one is not dead until I am convinced he/she is no longer.
No psychic is going to crush my spirit.
My prayers are with the Hanson family.
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