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(WFAA Fort Worth)   Missing Fort Worth woman finally reconnected with her family 51 years later. She was abducted as a baby and never knew she was 20 minutes from her birth family the entire time   (wfaa.com) divider line
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2022-11-29 12:09:33 AM  
Oops..

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2022-11-29 12:13:09 AM  
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2022-11-29 12:19:51 AM  
Thaaaat's going to be a weird Netflix documentary series...f
 
2022-11-29 12:23:18 AM  
She never got far from the ghetto?
 
2022-11-29 12:24:03 AM  
Okay, so Ft Worth runs the emergency gear in white. Everyone else runs their gear in red. I don't know why they do white fire gear and emergencies, but the police hold the standard panda paint and red/white/blue
 
2022-11-29 12:35:27 AM  
Oh my heart. I am just so glad her parents are still alive. This story is beautiful.
 
2022-11-29 12:35:38 AM  
Police say they repeatedly tried computer-generated renderings of the missing child, but the machine kept spitting out images like these:

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//aisle seat please
 
2022-11-29 12:38:45 AM  
A spokesperson for the Fort Worth Police Department wouldn't elaborate on which criminal statute of limitations expired, but the only one WFAA could find that expires 20 years after a victim's 18th birthday was aggravated kidnapping.
The statute of limitations is set at seven years for kidnapping.



O_o
 
2022-11-29 12:41:06 AM  
It's still Texass.


/And, it's still farking Dallass.
 
2022-11-29 12:42:31 AM  

wildcardjack: Okay, so Ft Worth runs the emergency gear in white. Everyone else runs their gear in red. I don't know why they do white fire gear and emergencies, but the police hold the standard panda paint and red/white/blue


<csb>

Our fire trucks are white because I'm the late 1800's and early 1900's every year they had pumper races. These races were a great source of pride to the stations. Station 5 was getting a new pumper and a donor was helping. Station 5 had a lot of pride as did the donor. So to be different they sourced the truck and made it white with gold trim to stand out and be different. They, station 5, won the competition that year and since then, FW fire trucks have been white.

</csb>
 
2022-11-29 12:50:59 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: wildcardjack: Okay, so Ft Worth runs the emergency gear in white. Everyone else runs their gear in red. I don't know why they do white fire gear and emergencies, but the police hold the standard panda paint and red/white/blue

<csb>

Our fire trucks are white because I'm the late 1800's and early 1900's every year they had pumper races. These races were a great source of pride to the stations. Station 5 was getting a new pumper and a donor was helping. Station 5 had a lot of pride as did the donor. So to be different they sourced the truck and made it white with gold trim to stand out and be different. They, station 5, won the competition that year and since then, FW fire trucks have been white.

</csb>


White isn't too uncommon.  I have seen them in New Mexico, but in older/retired trucks.
 
2022-11-29 12:59:28 AM  
Hey, at least they didn't have to deal with the kid when she was a surly teenager.
 
2022-11-29 1:08:01 AM  
A bus schedule misprint may seem at most an inconvenience but can have dramatic life-altering repurcussions.
 
2022-11-29 2:02:41 AM  

TorpedoOrca: Thaaaat's going to be a weird Netflix documentary series...f


THIS is a great documentary, and similar. 
Three Identical Strangers Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Indie
Youtube c-OF0OaK3o0
 
2022-11-29 2:08:06 AM  
That's an unbelievably rare outcome for non-familial abductions (though babies, I think, have slightly better odds than older children, because the motive for stealing them to adopt is more often present).  Anyway it's dusty in here.  It's so good that Melissa's parents are still around to share this discovery with her.  And her, redoing her wedding to include them, changing her name to what it should have been?  I hope this gives them all closure and connection and joy in their lives to come.

Porous Horace: A bus schedule misprint may seem at most an inconvenience but can have dramatic life-altering repurcussions.


Most usually-petty things can.
 
2022-11-29 2:13:22 AM  

Exile On Beale Street: TorpedoOrca: Thaaaat's going to be a weird Netflix documentary series...f

THIS is a great documentary, and similar. [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/c-OF0OaK3o0]


I first heard of those guys in one of the ESL reading books I've taught from, Real Stories In The News -- it included a synopsis of their story and students were always like whoooooooaaaaaa that is wild.  (It is.)  The Fark-worthy stories in there, though simplified and sometimes problematic in a '90s way, were all verifiable and I appreciated that.
 
2022-11-29 2:15:52 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: wildcardjack: Okay, so Ft Worth runs the emergency gear in white. Everyone else runs their gear in red. I don't know why they do white fire gear and emergencies, but the police hold the standard panda paint and red/white/blue

<csb>

Our fire trucks are white because I'm the late 1800's and early 1900's every year they had pumper races. These races were a great source of pride to the stations. Station 5 was getting a new pumper and a donor was helping. Station 5 had a lot of pride as did the donor. So to be different they sourced the truck and made it white with gold trim to stand out and be different. They, station 5, won the competition that year and since then, FW fire trucks have been white.

</csb>


this is not something I expected to learn from this topic, but thanks.

/I'm sorry for multiplexing, blame the champagne
//in Japan they have little short firetrucks, google for a smile
 
2022-11-29 2:39:01 AM  

Inchoate: That's an unbelievably rare outcome for non-familial abductions (though babies, I think, have slightly better odds than older children, because the motive for stealing them to adopt is more often present).  Anyway it's dusty in here.  It's so good that Melissa's parents are still around to share this discovery with her.  And her, redoing her wedding to include them, changing her name to what it should have been?  I hope this gives them all closure and connection and joy in their lives to come.

Porous Horace: A bus schedule misprint may seem at most an inconvenience but can have dramatic life-altering repurcussions.

Most usually-petty things can.


Yep.  I had a friend tell me once that because I called her dear she didn't kill herself.  I mean now WTF right?  I guess she was just having a hell of a time finding a reason not to that day, and she called me up but she was very, very good at hiding how she felt.  We just talked about dumb shiat and it was mostly silly.  But she told me a couple years later that was the deciding factor.  Hell I was being sarcastic.  Didn't matter.  The damndest things...

/was after she sought professional help and was pretty much ok
//and she felt like she could reasonably talk about it
///no cold chills down my spine there or anything
////like what if I'd been in a pissy mood that day...?
 
2022-11-29 2:43:09 AM  
Maybe the state can't criminally charge the kidnapper, but her name and address can be released. Let the public know what she confessed to.

A 51 year old crime? A family in sorrow for 51 farking years? And she was abusive as well? fark her. Publicize her name and destroy whatever credibility and goodwill she might still have. Let her burn.
 
2022-11-29 3:13:21 AM  

mrwknd: /And, it's still farking Dallass.


Ft worth would like you to think otherwise, but it really, really is.
 
2022-11-29 3:48:08 AM  
Ok, but it's really more like 40 minutes with traffic.
 
2022-11-29 4:31:06 AM  
"Even though the criminal statute of limitations expired"

If the justice system won't do anything, someone should. I do prefer the justice system, but 7 years is too little for kidnapping a 20 month old.

Not calling for daily beat-downs, but I'm fairly certain anyone meeting them in a parking lot with a tire iron wouldn't face much more than a trial.
 
2022-11-29 5:13:52 AM  

Inchoate: Peter von Nostrand: wildcardjack: Okay, so Ft Worth runs the emergency gear in white. Everyone else runs their gear in red. I don't know why they do white fire gear and emergencies, but the police hold the standard panda paint and red/white/blue

<csb>

Our fire trucks are white because I'm the late 1800's and early 1900's every year they had pumper races. These races were a great source of pride to the stations. Station 5 was getting a new pumper and a donor was helping. Station 5 had a lot of pride as did the donor. So to be different they sourced the truck and made it white with gold trim to stand out and be different. They, station 5, won the competition that year and since then, FW fire trucks have been white.

</csb>

this is not something I expected to learn from this topic, but thanks.

/I'm sorry for multiplexing, blame the champagne
//in Japan they have little short firetrucks, google for a smile


Thats fark for ya, come for the quips, stay for the bon mots
 
2022-11-29 6:26:08 AM  

TorpedoOrca: Thaaaat's going to be a weird Netflix documentary series...f


Disney already did it.

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2022-11-29 6:27:36 AM  
I know that a company having your DNA is kinda creepy, but if you have a missing family member, for the love of god, get a DNA test!

/Also applies if one of your parents traveled a lot
 
2022-11-29 6:33:31 AM  
How the fark can there be a statute of limitations on kidnapping?
 
2022-11-29 6:52:33 AM  
20 minutes from then the entire time?  Even when they went on vacation?
 
2022-11-29 7:59:52 AM  

bark2787: I know that a company having your DNA is kinda creepy, but if you have a missing family member, for the love of god, get a DNA test!

/Also applies if one of your parents traveled a lot


My sister did a 23&Me, said 0% Aboriginal American. So unless two separate families, one Cherokee & one Choctaw, on our mother's side, BOTH stole a white baby of opposite sexes and got them on the Dawes Rolls & coordinated their marriage to produce my great-grandmother & her siblings, I'll take them with a grain of salt.
 
2022-11-29 8:28:24 AM  
I won't do a 23 and me or other similar test because when I was a young Marine, I was very enthusiastically farking anyone that would let me, and the last thing I need now is some pissed off 30 year old showing up asking why I wasn't there and having to explain to them their momma and me were sloppy sluts and I had no clue about them.
 
2022-11-29 8:48:05 AM  

recondite cetacean: "Even though the criminal statute of limitations expired"

If the justice system won't do anything, someone should. I do prefer the justice system, but 7 years is too little for kidnapping a 20 month old.

Not calling for daily beat-downs, but I'm fairly certain anyone meeting them in a parking lot with a tire iron wouldn't face much more than a trial.


I mean, technically, the kidnapping is still in effect the entire time the kidnapper has the victim, so in this case it's 7 years plus (18 years minus 21 months), or 21 years, 3 months... ish.
 
2022-11-29 9:00:52 AM  

recondite cetacean: "Even though the criminal statute of limitations expired"

If the justice system won't do anything, someone should. I do prefer the justice system, but 7 years is too little for kidnapping a 20 month old.

Not calling for daily beat-downs, but I'm fairly certain anyone meeting them in a parking lot with a tire iron wouldn't face much more than a trial.


They could still bring a civil case though? I guess difficulty: Texas.
 
2022-11-29 10:12:21 AM  
Damn.  My daughter was only missing for 16 years before I found her...

Glad they were still alive to see their child again.
 
2022-11-29 10:24:21 AM  
While it seems weird White emergency vehicles with spun gold leaf trim are far safer than the red commonly used on fire trucks as they reflect light much more. The reason cop cars are black and white with usually the front and back painted black is they reflect far less light making them more stealthy during the night. Honestly I am surprised that most fire fighting vehicles aren't painted white or neon green like you see at some airports. Its kind of important to make them highly visible to oncoming traffic.
 
2022-11-29 12:15:37 PM  

Exile On Beale Street: TorpedoOrca: Thaaaat's going to be a weird Netflix documentary series...f

THIS is a great documentary, and similar. [YouTube video: Three Identical Strangers Trailer #1 (2018) | Movieclips Indie]


OMG this is amazing! And horrifying. How sad that Jewish people would do this after the horrific Mengele experiments.
 
2022-11-29 1:55:10 PM  
This brings up so many questions.  How did the lady go through life without a birth certificate or other documentation?  How in the world is there a statute of limitation on kidnapping?
 
2022-11-29 2:59:23 PM  

Anybody Want a Peanut: This brings up so many questions.  How did the lady go through life without a birth certificate or other documentation?  How in the world is there a statute of limitation on kidnapping?


50-odd years ago it was not all that unusual for people to lack such documents -- there was less ID verification in general and a lot of it wasn't pushed out to people as quickly or automatically as it is now.  A parent going to a gov't office, toddler in tow, vouching for the child's identity and giving a reasonable excuse ("she wasn't born in a US hospital and we didn't get around to this before now", "we lost the cert in a fire", etc.) would not have raised suspicion unless the authorities involved were directly, recently aware of a nearby missing kid that age.  Agencies didn't share such data very much in 1971.
 
2022-11-29 3:04:44 PM  

Anybody Want a Peanut: How in the world is there a statute of limitation on kidnapping?


Yeah I don't like that either.  TFA mentions there's no SoL for federal kidnapping (which may or may not apply) and that a civil suit is another possibility.
 
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