News About That Missing Jogger
posted by May 23 at 9:49 AMon
In 2002 a girl disappeared in Portland, Oregon. Her Jeep was found parked near the trailhead of a park. Things looked bad. There was a massive search, involving more than a 100 people. Then the girl—Sarah—turned up at Northgate Mall in Seattle. She refused to answer questions about what happened to her, but it seemed pretty clear that she staged her disappearance. The whole world got up on its high horse and called for the girl to be punished. Robert Jamieson went all self-righteously sentence fragmenty on her in the PI:
The antic was stupid and selfish. It stirred public anxiety, prompted folks to put up “missing” fliers and put at risk rescuers who scrambled over challenging land.
The “disappearance” also occurred at a time when people are reeling from recent vanishings of girls and young women….
Predictably, Sarah’s story made top news in Seattle, feeding the fear factor.
Such emotional exploitation has no price tag, though the cost authorities spent in trying to find Sarah has been put at around $50,000.
Officials say Sarah and her family probably won’t have to pony up the cash — though they ought to pay so that we taxpayers don’t have to.
As for Sarah, the young woman should be punished for faking her disappearance…. For being 16, and in this instance, reckless and less than sweet.
In 2007 a 47 year-old runner leaves his car parked at a trailhead in Washington state. There was a massive search, involving more than 100 people. Three days later the missing runner turns up at his own house—and his previously talkative family now refuses to answer questions about where he was and what the fuck happened to him. The man says he fell down a ravine and spent “three cold, wet nights of unconsciousness in a wooded ravine on Squak Mountain, south of Issaquah, followed by a long hike home after he came to,” with nothing to drink but muddy water. According to the police, the missing runner—Michael Schreck—has no scratches, no bruises, and appears to be in fine health. Experts don’t think his story is credible—it was raining and temperatures were in the 40s over the nights that he was missing.
Oh, and the man went missing on in a wilderness area when people are reeling from number of recent deaths in wilderness areas—including the unsolved shooting of a mother and daughter on a popular hiking trail.
So why isn’t the media—which was so quick to call for the head of the missing 16 year-old girl—jumping down Michael Schreck’s throat? How much did the search for Schreck cost? How come the media isn’t howling for answers?