Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The search continues

Is this usually how a search for a missing teenager goes? I just heard that police are going to search the computers at the Forest Hill library. NOW? Jesus! Mariam Makhniashvili been missing since September 14. The library is, like, three doors up from where she and her family live. She's been described 10,000 times as a bookworm who can be found at the library. And they wait six weeks to check the computers at the library that is not only a three minute walk from her apartment, but it's located right in front of the high school she went to (for only four days).

Plus as her father said in this report, "Why would she use the library computer when this library only has only (a few) computers and it's always busy?" Yeah! He's right! You have to sign in to reserve one.

And just imagine how many different people have been on those computers in the last six weeks. Maybe the week of Sept 14th might've been a useful time, or when there were phalanxes of police officers marching up and down the street looking for... what?

Okay, now that I'm on a roll, the whole thing seems as if the search has been managed badly. Obviously, I have little idea of what else has been done, but seriously, as a citizen who lives on the same street as this poor child (who apparently turns 18 today), it'd be very nice to know.

I've already gone on about how long it took to launch the search. But the description of her says light brown hair, shoulder length. All the photos released have her with her hair in a ponytail. Was it in a ponytail that Monday morning?

And, seeing the photos and the video, there's no way she weighs 140 lbs as was described. I am a bit more than her 5'3" and I weigh just over that and trust me, I'm much thicker than she is in the video. Seriously. My bet is that her parents, being Europeans, gave her weight in kilograms, and some bonehead "translated" it. But, oh, check out the Interpol alert - it says: 54 kg, 119 lbs. That sounds right.

I look out our window and see the path she took. I take the same path myself, every day, and have taken that path to the bus, to the street, to the library, a zillion times at that time of day. And in fact, I walked it the very day she disappeared, and depending on what you read (she was last seen at either 8:30, 8:40, or 8:45) I walked by 40, 35, or 30 minutes after her. It would not be difficult to abduct someone along the street. Yes, there are lots of cars stopping and dropping off students, but there's also cars just parked there sometimes, with people sitting in them, smoking, whatever. And often even during that busy time between 8:30 and 9:00 am, there's no cars moving along the street at all. It can be very quiet.

I know that on the websleuths site thingie, people have gotten all upset at the school's principal for saying she didn't think there's been an abduction - lord knows, she doesn't want her students any more scared and freaked out than they are, but let's all save our anger for whoever is actually responsible for this girl's disappearance.

Oh, Jesus, check out the ctv news report - they've got aerial video of the top of the library, for f888 sake. Not exactly hot on the trail, eh! Boy, that's news helicopter money well spent! Plus you get to watch an AD, and then they get to torture the parents. Very, very depressing. My heart goes out to her family.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this very useful and heartfelt post. I am also a neighbor, and your thinking is exactly in line with mine. Thank you again.