Wednesday, 6 February 2008

little girl lost

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.

10 comments:

Vanessa said...

What an incredibly sad post to have to make. I hope she is found safe and returned to her family. Thanks for passing along valuable info. You never know who will be the link to finding her.

Jenty said...

I hope she gets found soon.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Good of you to send out the message. I hope she will be found safe.

jAMiE said...

I hope she will be found safe and sound.

motherbumper said...

I read about this and of course, being from back home and knowing exactly where she was when she disappeared makes it more personal. I really hope she is just hiding out with friends until things cool off at home.. I really really hope that's all it is. Maybe (oh please) she's too scared to come home because of all the media. You are one wonderful blogger for spreading the word and keeping it alive.

Serendipity, baby! said...

What a sad post to read. My eyes are peeled and fingers crossed for a safe return. (also had to say I love your new masthead. fantastic picture!)

paper napkin said...

Oh no! That's horrible. Do they think she ran off, or what?

Molly said...

I'm praying they'll find her safe and sound. that has to be every parent's worst nightmare....

daysgoby said...

Thanks, everyone. As far as I can tell, everyone is HOPING she ran off in a fit of pique and will re-surface soon.

The problem with that is the entire Southern Shore is blanketed with posters about her. The news and radio are running blurbs almost every hour. The province's paper has run a few big full color page ads, and has had articles about her mom's press conference, Karissa's disappearance, etc. You would think any friends a 12 year old had would have parents that would see all the desperate headlines somewhere....

But we keep hoping. It's all we can do.

a beaverhausen said...

Sad, frustrating, scary...all at the same time. Every parent's nightmare...whether she left on her own because she was mad or because some opportunistic sack of crap made off with her. Keep us posted, please. I'm sending all good thoughts in y'all's direction.