FYI, Sharon, I was reading what some of the people wrote on your blog about the guy speaking to Michaela, and I wanted to clarifiy: I do think they may have spoken: she may have said “where is it” to him and he pointed to the ground. I’m unclear, but I think that may have happened. For years it made me wonder if she somehow knew him, but I told the police that, at some point, too.
I just read that you are certain they didn’t speak and I wanted you to know that that’s not how I remember it.
I got this email this morning, from Michaela’s friend who was with her when she was kidnapped:
So I was wrong, I guess. I have had this picture in my mind for all these years of the kidnapper slouched down in the car, out of sight, until Michaela bent to pick up the scooter. I’m not positive where I got this picture from … quite possibly from re-enactments I have seen for Unsolved Mysteries and America’s Most Wanted.
The girls had started to walk home without the scooters, I know, and I had it in my mind that at the moment they remembered and turned back, Michaela spotted it across the parking lot and went immediately to it. In talking a little further with Trina, it seems that neither of them had noticed a missing scooter until they got to the door, and then Michaela went off to look for it. And found it, unfortunately. Trina is not certain if the kidnapper spoke to Michaela or not, or if he actually pointed to the ground. She just heard Michaela say something, which indicated that she had found the scooter, so at that point Trina stopped looking for it herself. Then she heard Michaela scream and that is when she turned and looked.
I’m sure these details are not completely correct either. In times of stress, our minds tend to kind of shut down. I wouldn’t have been able to do a composite probably, because I know how my mind blocks out unpleasant things. It has also been almost 25 years. But I found it interesting that the picture I have held in my mind all these years was incorrect.
I apologize to the author of the book who I accused of misrepresenting the facts in comments on a previous blog. Not sure he is correct either, but I was not.
And I’m not sure that this sheds any further light on events, if it will make any difference. I can’t see how it could, but for some reason I feel I need to put it out there, just in case it might.