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    Tim Miller speaking about sending helicopters and planes out to search.
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    Tim Miller, TX Equusearch:

    Wonderful job being done; "no community is prepared for this to happen"; have worked with LPD in the past; bringing in experienced people; command center organized; Texas, Ohio, Alabama, Florida - folks from there have come in; knowledge, experience, dedication; need "that little bit of luck"; "we really don't have anything to go on"; have squelched rumors, he claims; "we've got a lot of work ahead of us"; "we're holding out that hope that Mickey is alive out there."

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    Quote Originally Posted by kgeaux View Post
    IF she was in a quiet, unpopulated, dark area, blinking lights probably wouldn't have been much of a deterrent.

    I hate even thinking about human trafficking. I don't know how Lafayette would fall in terms of their hunting grounds, but IF someone was hunting here, Mickey's route certainly included areas that would make the abduction easy.
    A few weeks ago when the Baines family were kidnapped etc.. my intuition kept popping up with the images of E.Smart feeling the younger girls were someplace " in the woods" and they were as it turned out.

    What keeps coming to my mind in this case is something that happened to my brother two years ago. He was bike riding on a country road in upstate NY and a woman in a car hit him. Literally hit and drove him several feet off the road. He broke several ribs ( only ) but you know what the first thing the woman driver said? She said, "Are you Single???...because people DO MEET this way"!!! ) WTH... this struck me as a very strange thing to say considering he was sprawled out and injured.

    But ....OT or not. for what ever it is worth....I keep thinking of that and seeing Poor MS run off the road in the middle of the night...then abducted by some truck or van by someone or "plural people" that took everything with them. I hate the thought and reality of human trafficking.:::shudder::: :-(

    I really really, do not think that she voluntarily " ran away". Kids in close families do not miss their siblings graduations.

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    Questions directed to Cpl. Mouton*:

    * "We have been reviewing hours and hours of video....very grainy" [some of it] "or we can't make out what's passing in front of the camera."

    * Phone call was from a friend of Mickey's, who has been spoken to.
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    Tim Miller: "We actually go out and we drive areas, we do some recon work out there, and determine what resources are needed for that area."
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    * "Brettly has been very cooperative....has come in and done lengthy interviews with us....we've been able to find the facts that the basis of his story is true."

    * "So far we have found no articles that are believed to be relevant."
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    Presser: they're good on search supplies and just need volunteers, over 18yo, I think they said 8am (not sure)

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    presser: they have NOT found any articles yet that they feel are connected

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    presser over

    regular news at 5pm CST
    (katc.com, wgfgdot posted livestream link on page 1, I closed it and lost the good link while trying to copy it, arghhh)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazzie View Post
    presser over

    regular news at 5pm CST (katc.com, wgfgdot posted livestream link on page 1, I closed it and lost the good link while trying to copy it, arghhh)

    http://www.katc.com/pages/katc-live-streams/

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    I couldn't transcribe the whole presser, but they did say that a helicopter is going up soon, but KATC did not say whether they would stream it. I think it's Equusearch's helicopter, rather than the news station's. Not sure.

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    That was a good little presser. Didn't learn much, other than that LE doesn't know much at this time either. But I've seen those things handled much worse, so thumbs up to LPD and Co. for a good briefing.

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    Nothing about the van, the distrubances or the text. Bang head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cazzie View Post
    I couldn't transcribe the whole presser, but they did say that a helicopter is going up soon, but KATC did not say whether they would stream it. I think it's Equusearch's helicopter, rather than the news station's. Not sure.
    Did Tim Miller say they had a drone available but haven't used it yet? My dog was into something when I thought I heard that so I was distracted.

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    How depressing...not a trace after a week.
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    IF she had her mace in her hand when she rode away that night, then wouldn't there be evidence of the smell of the spray, somewhere along the search routes? IMO, if someone grabbed her, she would have had time to spray them first. And there would be remnants of that spray on the side of the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Did Tim Miller say they had a drone available but haven't used it yet? My dog was into something when I thought I heard that so I was distracted.
    Yep...not yet (but helicopter going up this afternoon). He said they've been very carefully planning where to use which resources.

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    I would think they'd fly the drone and the helicopter first over Mickey's most likely route (between BW's and her home), and then possible alternate routes. ? Either Tim or LE said that they don't have anything to go on.

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    She could still be alive, but injured from a spill or being hit. Some people have made it OK even after 10 days..

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    Hi all, new here.

    I think Schmidty is on to something.

    I have been thinking that it is possible a neighbor was familiar with her from coming and going to BW's house and possibly befriended her on occasion and knew at some point he would have an opportunity to snatch her. She was familiar with him and stopped to say hello giving him that opportunity. Are there any neighbors that live alone? Possibly a loner type? Is LE planning on going door to door? It doesnt seem to me that she got very far. Maybe I watch too much TV, but it is possible that the abducter could have her in his house right under our noses.

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    Hello and welcome to WS, CajunCoDe.

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    The fact that she was so tired and delayed in getting home and food, and supposedly a little hungover stands out to me. This may have reduced her ability to be alert and lowered her instincts.

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    Does anyone know if they are searching areas outside of Lafayette? Within a 10 mile radius of the city are several smaller towns and cities that have ample farmland, crawfish ponds and overgrown fields. Most are dimly lit, and evidence could have been easily disposed of in those areas--not a lot of homes, not a lot of businesses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunCoDe View Post
    Hi all, new here.

    I think Schmidty is on to something.

    I have been thinking that it is possible a neighbor was familiar with her from coming and going to BW's house and possibly befriended her on occasion and knew at some point he would have an opportunity to snatch her. She was familiar with him and stopped to say hello giving him that opportunity. Are there any neighbors that live alone? Possibly a loner type? Is LE planning on going door to door? It doesnt seem to me that she got very far. Maybe I watch too much TV, but it is possible that the abducter could have her in his house right under our noses.
    Mine is a gut feeling combined with Occam's Razor reasoning. I rode my bike in that exact area 35 years ago, 20 years ago, and my son now rides with the cyclist club in town. I lived on Ryan Street 30 years ago. I went to school with kids from either side of Congress Street there in that downtown area. I lived on Cedar Crest (next block over) 25 years ago for a couple of years. I know the area REAL well and could probably give each block an individual danger rating from 1-100, for a 20-30 block radius.

    My memory encompasses not only crimes that happened and where (in that area) over the last few decades, but persons to whom they happened. I had a wallet stolen years ago and the contents were found strewn in an empty lot across Congress from Ryan. I know the level of fear I have felt at varying times over the years at the grocery across the street from the Parkside intersection when buying hot dogs there for lunch.

    I know what factoring in the influx of new residents into that area after Katrina did to danger level. I know of the drug activity, the homeless population that roams that area, the crime that has existed in that area my entire life.

    Based on the odds, the most likely scenario is the one I gave.

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    Did they say where the blurry image of someone on a bike was, in relation to B's house? To see how far she may have made it, if it was her?
    Just my opinion, of course.

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    I still think there's a good chance she wrecked. As I said before, it's easier to wreck at night, there are holes in the road you would see in the daylight but can't see at night. Maybe she was injured/dazed and a "good samaritan" driving by stopped to "help" and "take her to the hospital or home" but who actually was a predator. That's why nothing has been found, he scooped everything up and put it in his vehicle.

    Like Morgan Harrington, where she was intoxicated and probably hitchhiking on a college campus when she had the extremely unfortunate luck to get in the car with a predator (who had attacked women in the past) and who was likely cruising the college area looking for vulnerable women to victimize.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluciano63 View Post
    Did they say where the blurry image of someone on a bike was, in relation to B's house? To see how far she may have made it, if it was her?
    No. They said they've looked at hours (don't recall how many) of videos, but most of the videos taken from camera mounted on a building and are pointed at the street. So the images of something going by near the street are too blurry to be useful. They encouraged everyone with video cams to review their coverage during a timeframe (think they said for an hour starting at 1am).

    Link for katc's video page (but no link for today's 3pm presser yet):

    http://www.katc.com/video/

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