Book of the Week: The Wrong One - Missing Persons
The Wrong One is about a child kidnapped by people known to her family, but not welcome in their home. Every day, children vanish for so many reasons. Some are taken by predators, others by non-custodial parents, even more leave of their own accord for reasons only they understand.
As I searched for ideas about this blog, I settled on the idea of spotlighting children missing for years. Some will be endangered runaways, others just vanished and no other information is known. A few are the victims of a non-custodial parent's determination to have that child.
Information here comes from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In all instances, not much else can be discovered about these children. Some are adults now. All of them have family wondering where they are, when they'll come home.
- Yasmine Acree – Last seen at her home on January 15, 2008 in Chicago Illinois. Her family still waits for her return.
- Laura Adame – Last seen on September 28, 2006. Considered an endangered runaway from Jerome, Idaho. Laura Adame
- Maria Adame-Lucas – Last seen May 17, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Considered an endangered runaway. Maria Adame-Lucas
- Amanda Adlai – Last seen in West Bloomfield, Michigan on December 26, 2008. Believed to be with non-custodial father. May have traveled to Russia. Amanda Adlai
There you have it. This is all the information for children missing for between six and eight years. That's all the police know. Yet, these children have to be somewhere, with someone. Share these links. Intensify the search for these children, bring them home.
About the Author:
KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has four books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, Pony Dreams, and Grace. Her romantic suspense novel, Starlight, releases May 2, 2014.
One by one, the residents of Landry, Georgia gave up on finding Lyssa Winders alive. It had, after all, been fourteen years since she vanished. The men who invaded her home left behind the bodies of those she loved with all her heart. Only one person never gave up and still searches for Lyssa. Kyle Tinker battles his own demons from that night, when he hid like a coward instead of running for help. Their eighteenth birthday looms on the horizon, and Kyle is determined to bring Lyssa home.
Four-year-old Lyssa Winders landed with a thump on her living room floor. Her bottom hurt from the hard wood, and her head ached from all the yelling and shouting she'd been hearing. Nothing made sense. She just wanted this to stop.
Her parents, Auntie Keisha, Nana Brandy, and Grandpa Monty kneeled in front of her. They had their hands on the back of their heads, and they looked very scared.
"Gonna talk now, Jack?" the stinky man asked. He had carried her out of the safety of her bedroom and dumped her on the floor. "Or do I hurt your kid?"
Stinky jerked Lyssa to her feet. She couldn't run. He held her tight in front of his nasty smelling body.
"She's just a baby," Daddy said. "Don't hurt Lyssa. Let her go. She won't tell anyone anything." He stared at her with scared eyes. "Right, baby? You won't say anything." She nodded, and her daddy faced Stinky. "See, she agreed. Just let her go."
"Nope." A man near her laughed.
She turned her head and saw her puppy. Rags crept out from behind the sofa. His tail stood straight in the air, and he made growly noises in his throat.
Lyssa swallowed hard. Rags couldn't come any closer. Stinky had a gun. He had a horribly tight grip on her shoulder.