Friday, July 31, 2009

Still Endangered

The Boise Police Department held a lunchtime press conference regarding the Robert Manwill case and its status. The staff at the Idaho Statesman have kept a running account of the day's happenings related to the case and Treasured Valley has a news roundup from local media and blogs to check out as well.

I have a few questions/bafflements of my own at this point:
  • Why was the mother's apartment not searched prior to yesterday evening?
I can't quite wrap my head around why the Boise police didn't search the apartment of Melissa Jenkins, mother of missing eight-year-old Robert Manwill, prior to last night when they took a look at the apartment and found something that warranted discussion by the police with the public about "suspicious circumstances" that may have lead to the injury and disappearance of Robert.
  • Where is the mother and why hasn't she appeared with the rest of the family at the press conferences?
This could be the result of many things, the suspicion surrounding this woman included. However, it would seem to me that if the mother was really interested in finding her son and had absolutely no idea where he was or if he was safe, she would be out there leading the charge to find him.
  • Why did the state police prevent the local police from activating a nationwide AMBER alert for Robert?
Apparently there are strict rules in place and one of them requires the child to be an abductee rather than simply a missing person. The Press-Tribune has more information on this particular obstacle. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has a flyer posted at the top of their website asking for help in finding Robert Manwill. This was not the case a few days ago. Sadly, Robert is only one of fourteen children currently missing and riding atop the organization's website. Many of the children on the website are victims of family abductions, usually resulting from custody disputes. Unfortunately, Robert appears to be in the opposite situation--he was with a parent who had legal visitation and disappeared from there. Please visit the website and take a look at these endangered kids.

This story does not appear to be getting any simpler and it's beginning to be awfully difficult to stay positive. As we all continue to hope Robert comes home safely, the one positive we can all note is that Nancy Grace is still on vacation.

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