Saturday, August 23, 2008
Yesterday was one of those heart stopping days for about 3 hours.It started when T went to run in San Gabriel park a few miles from our house. The park is large and the San Gabriel river surrounds it. There is a 3 mile jogging track around the river, surrounded by trees and cliffs. She runs there several times a week, sometimes alone, which I am not too crazy about. She left about 7am and by 9 am she was not home,she usually returns in about 45 min. to 1 hr. We tried to call her on her cell and no answer. That is unusual since her cell phone attached to her body at all times. We drove to the park and found her car, purse, keys and cell phone in it,car locked. We debated about 2 minutes and called the police, it had now been 2 1/2 hours since we had seen her. The rule around here is if you change locations you call, period, and she has always been good about doing that. A police car arrived, took the information, checked her car,and called for the motorcycle policeman. He arrived and took off on the cycle around the path. Minutes passed and 2 more officers arrived, still nothing. They were calling for a dog and had alerted the park security and they were looking. Flashing through all of our minds was the disappearance of Rachel Cook in 2002, here in Georgetown. She was jogging and just disappeared and has never been found. The police had called in other officers and they were calling a criminal investigator,now it has been 3 very long hours. Rich had gone home to get her spare keys so we could unlock the car while they were waiting on the dog. About 5 minutes after he returned, T came up in a friends car. She had the deer in headlight look with all the police cars and officers around. She had simply gone with a friend to Java Juice, did I say simply? The police officers talked to her along with us, she apologized for all the worry and we went home with her safe and sound. Hard lesson learned....call when you change locations, one I don't think she will forget. It is very scary to know all of her possessions are in the car and not a sign of her anywhere. I am so thankful the police responded so quickly and things turned out OK.