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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Still Asking Questions...

Could the premeditated and tragic murder of 10 year old Jamie Rose Bolin of Purcell, Oklahoma, have been prevented? If the Amber Alert had been issued 24 hours earlier would she still be alive today?

According to the press release on April 15, 2006, the medical examiner believes that she was killed the day that she disappeared. After her disappearance, for how long was Jamie alive before Underwood tortured and killed her?

When Jamie first disappeared on Wednesday, April 12th, it was believed that she was a runaway. It wasn’t until after a friend of Jamie’s had come forward, 26 hours after her disappearance, that an Amber Alert was issued. The details given by the friend was considered as “very credible” and pointed the investigation towards an online predator. But Kevin Ray Underwood was a predator who was posing as a neighbor in the Purcell Parks Apartment complex where Jamie and her father both lived.

Just one day before on April 11th, in Independence, Kansas, an Amber Alert had been issued for a missing teenager, Kelsey Lynn Stelting. Stelting, who had called 911 on her cell phone, insisted that she had been kidnapped by gunpoint. The local authorities, FBI, and the community started combing the countryside and posting flyers in hopes to find the teenager before it was too late. Fifteen hours later she was found safe; a perpetrator of a hoax.

Some criticized the state of Oklahoma for not immediately releasing an Amber Alert for Kelsey Stelting. While an Amber Alert for Stelting was an exercise in futility, shouldn’t the state of Oklahoma have issued the alert, in cooperation with Kansas, as soon as possible anyway?

Could this irresponsible Kansas teenager’s actions have made the local and state authorities in Oklahoma hesitant to issue an alert for Purcell’s little 10 year old Jamie Rose Bolin?

While there is a very large cost in man hours and local resources to search for a missing child, should we be counting our pennies? Even if there is a possibility that it could be a hoax?

The Bank of Oklahoma is accepting donations for the Bolin family. Your contribution can be dropped off at any Bank of Oklahoma branch.

The FBI has released information and a picture of Elizabeth M. Thomsen. She is listed as a Missing Person with the agency. The FBI believes that Elizabeth is with Lewis J. Lee.

If you have any information concerning Elizabeth please contact the FBI.

Sex Offenders: Your Neighbors and School Volunteers

Amber Alert... Cancelled.


Blogger Dreaming again said...

I'm just so confused on the politics of the whole issue (politics tend to do that to me)

A little girl named Amber was kidnapped. She was not found alive. It was believed, that if law enforcement had gotten information to the public that she was missing out, as soon as they knew she was missing, that she might have been found and saved.

So, states across the country began passing Amber Alert Laws.
However, if we're going to make the children meet the criteria that caused Amber's disappearance, then is the law any more useful than what we had before?

The fact is ... had law enforcement issued an alert as soon as they knew she was MISSING she might have been found. How many kids are going to be hurt because they want to know WHY the children are missing before they will call the Alert that is supposed to honor this little girl?

Why is that so difficult. Call the alert ... put the details you have out as you have them!

Little girl ...age 5, blonde hair, brown eyes, missing from backyard in normalsville usa.

Is the child lost in the park ..who turned the wrong way trying to get home worth less of an effort ... in the meantime, they are at risk of being kidnapped, because no one would protect them until they knew the why. Which, may be too late.

Shutting up now.
I've probably confused everyone else as much as myself.

April 16, 2006 11:35 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Peggikaye...

Law enforcement has to follow their guidelines...

no matter what.

It's a really, really sad Easter for the Bolin family.


April 16, 2006 12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I was ten years old, my best friend's name was Dawn Michelle Stanley. She disappeared and was missing for 2 weeks. The town (Lubbock, TX) searched feverishly only to have her turn up wrapped in blankets but otherwise naked in a crawlspace under her house where her attacker (her mother's boyfriend) left her after he raped and then strangled her.

Yes, the guy went to prison. My question is: who speaks for Michelle? No one, as far as I can tell, besides me and possibly her mother and sister even seem to remember this beautiful, amazing person.

Michelle had a smile that lit up the whole room and made everyone want to be a part of her life. Her imagination and joy of life were incredible, and that monster took it.

I don't have any answers. Just venting my frustration with the monsters who do this to children.

April 16, 2006 3:29 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Oh Shelly...

What a terrible thing to have experienced as a child!

I am so sorry for your loss.

The fingers of destruction are so very long, and irreverently touch so many innocent lives.

April 16, 2006 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kelsey Stelting should be BILLED for her hoax. She cost the taxpayers a lot of $$.

April 17, 2006 9:57 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

I agree.

What she did was very immature and short-sighted. Something that all kids are guilty of.

Surely there would be some form of restitution required of her.

If for no other reason but for her to learn that actions do have consequences.


April 17, 2006 4:24 PM  

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