I came across this article several months ago when there was activity in the Lyon sisters’ case. I immediately thought of what Ayla’s loved ones are being forced to suffer through every day of their lives.
When children go missing, and stay missing, the family members left behind face trauma than can exceed that faced by the family of known homicide victims. Deaths and burials prompt a mourning that humans are programmed to at least try to deal with, said Todd Matthews, a spokesman for the National Institute of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.
Families of the missing live in the reality that something terrible probably happened, even as they try not to think about what that may have been. “You can’t turn it off. It’s everywhere,” Matthews said. “When you know the person is probably dead, missing is worse than dead.”
I can only imagine how much harder it would be when the people who have all the answers are going on with their lives with no concern over the continuous pain they are causing. They think we will all give up and move on to the next case but they are wrong. We won’t give up. Justin, Elisha and Courtney – what happened to Ayla?