I live in a very small town. Everyone knows everyone (or at least one or more of your people) and there's this whole feeling of safety, of community. When I was a new mom, I'd be walking Cass in the stroller and people would call me over to their yards so they could exclaim over how cute he was and tell me stories about what B and his brother and sisters were like when they were young. This area is awash in tradition and timelessness. People look out for each other.
Which makes it really hard when something like this happens.
At around 5 pm on Sunday, January 27th, a twelve-year old girl vanished from the next (larger) town over.
Karissa Paige Boudreau was squabbling with her mother as they drove to Sobey's (grocery store) near the mall and parked. Her mother left her in the car and ran in to get a few things. When she returned, Karissa was gone. The police have been searching for her for ten days now, and say they're coming up empty despite ground and air (helicopter) searches. Divers have been combing the river by the mall yesterday and today and do not think she's in the water.
The police have found no evidence of foul play.
She was wearing a black top, vest, jeans, and pink crocs. And we've had three snowstorms since then.
I know some of you are in Canada - a few of you are even in the Maritimes. But with Maine and the States so close, it makes sense to send this out all over. Please keep an eye out for this beautiful twelve year old girl.
Her family, understandably, just wants her home. Please call your local police department or Sgt. John Collyer at the Bridgewater Police Station at (902)543-2464 if you think you may have seen Karissa.