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Article below is by Sarah Teague, I'm just re-posting it for her here with her permission...
If you feel compelled to "enlighten" the ignorance that many have concerning those with missing loved ones, please, please, please share...thanks...xoxoxo
I tried to sleep and just kept thinking of how it is urgent that we do
tell the truth about our life and our search for the one that has been
taken from us. It's a harsh reality to say the least.
August 26, 1995, we were told that Heather
had been dragged into the
woods by her hair and at gunpoint by a man with dark bushy hair and a
beard. The theories began...Heather was fed to the hogs. Heather was
sold. Heather had been raped and weighted down and thrown into the
river. Heather was put into an oil tank.
'96: The widow of the only suspect pled the fifth at the grand jury
hearing and KSP didn't question the artist or the eyewitness or the
brother-in-law. After seven months, KSP called me and Heather's dad in
to give our blood. They had found two spots of blood on the passenger
window. What happened to the evidence FBI collected adn gave to KSP?
'97: Found out that the only suspect that we were told had killed
himself, didn't have any hair at all on the day of the abduction. The
sketch is identical to the dead man's driver's license photo down to
an underbite and a shadow on the side of his face. Someone else was
involved I pleaded from Henderson to Frankfort carrying my laminated
sketch all over the place.
'98: The brother-in-law was overheard saying that Heather was
accidentally ran over. we were promised an arrest would be made. I
confronted him, peed my pants when he ran at me. KSP did NOTHING. Took
a petition against the prosecuting attorney to present evidence to the
grand jury. Not even the uncle was questioned.
99: The artist that did the composite drawing of the man with the
dark, bushy hair and the beard came to me and told me that he had
found Heather on a film on the internet. He told me that Heather
been killed on a snuff film on rapez.com site. He said he had #3 and I
didn't want to see #23. KSP did nothing.
2000: I taped the eyewitness' conversations and learned that he kept
changing his story. I learned he is a millionaire with businesses in
South America. I tried to go back to school. Made the deans list one
semester and had to drop out the next semester.
2001: Pleaded with KSP to search the property of the only suspect and
to question the artist and the eyewitness.
2002: Continued to write to Sec. of Justice, Commissioner of KSP,
requesting many open records. Wondering how the uncle could have sat
with his nephew for so many hours and not have asked about Heather.
Wondering why KSP didn't try to negotiate with suspect, who was a
felon, with a handgun, for any information on Heather
. They kept
telling me that the suspect 'took his secrets to his grave'. Of that I
am most certain.
2003: Continued to try to get the property searched.
2004: Chris Below became a person of interest. The sketch IS Chris Below.
2005: FBI came to my home to tell me that the evidence that they had
collected in'95 and gave to KSP was just found in the evidence room.
My DNA was taken, I was told to get an attorney and a lawsuit against
KSP was suggested.
2006: FBI taken off case after taped conversations I had made with the
eyewitness was turned into KSP.
2007: Worked with attorney until he found out that there may be a
connection between 'some important people' and the death of a man in
the back of a trooper's car in '98. This trooper now being the det in
charge of Heather's case. I taped him telling me' I had better not
call frankfort and get him thrown off Heather's case, that he wouldn't
stand for that.
2008: KSP called us in to tell us Heather's hair had been found in the
suspect's vehicle. KSP wouldn't search the property still. I drew up
my own search warrant and a special judge was appointed to read it.
His first words to KSP was...'something is very wrong here'.
2009: Waiting to hear about a deal being made with the brother-in-law
for his information about Heather's whereabouts. He was in a wreck
that killed two people and he was under the influence. The same
prosecuting attorney now wants him to only serve 20% of his time for
. I have gained 40lbs, haven't been able to work since Nov.,
have no car. Still believing in miracles.
And I haven't even touched on the 'climbing up the oil tank' looking down
for Heather's body to be floating because oil preserves a body. One
look at this picture from the rape site and the stories the artist
told me to go with the picture would make most people 'lose it'.
This is my job and I won't stop until I know. What I do know is this:
What 'they' have told me happened August 26, 1995, while KSP was there
pulling a truck from the mud, is not what happened at all.
This is just a glimpse into my world of searching for Heather
. All we
want is the truth. Every what-if becomes a picture in a mother's
heart. The day that Heather was taken away, every word in my
vocabulary had a new meaning.
I hope this helps in some way to open the eyes and the hearts of the
people that dare to write articles on something they have no clue