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    TX - Fugitive con artists & 7 kids turn up on grounded sailboat, Galveston, Nov 2014

    this is so bizarre.....


    GALVESTON – It's a mystery that started with a sinking sailboat and the amazing rescue of a couple and seven children.

    Three weeks later, the family is missing and investigators have discovered they may have lied.

    "Just got this strange feeling something's not right," said Sgt. Louis Trochesset with the Galveston County Sheriff's Office Marine Division. "I've heard they were going to the Virgin Islands, we've heard they were going down to Mexico."

    http://www.khou.com/story/news/local...shed/19310469/


    It's 5 o'clock somewhere

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    Odd....not sure what to think.

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    Suppose some people just like to be private.
    Not sure why they'd give possible false identities ?
    Hope those children are alright !


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    did anyone follow their thread here? (I think there was one, will look now.)

    ETA: Shrug. Perhaps not. I can't seem to find a thread from when they had to be rescued, but I really thought there was one.
    Last edited by AzPistonsGirl; 11-20-2014 at 04:21 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzPistonsGirl View Post
    did anyone follow their thread here? (I think there was one, will look now.)

    ETA: Shrug. Perhaps not. I can't seem to find a thread from when they had to be rescued, but I really thought there was one.
    RSBM

    There was another thread about a different family... who needed rescuing from the (Indian?) Ocean when their toddler fell ill. Is that the one you're referring to ?
    Quite a bit of controversy over whether they should have taken children on a journey that risky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LietKynes View Post
    RSBM

    There was another thread about a different family... who needed rescuing from the (Indian?) Ocean when their toddler fell ill. Is that the one you're referring to ?
    Quite a bit of controversy over whether they should have taken children on a journey that risky.
    yes, perhaps that was it. My no. 1 fear is dying in open water, so I never clicked that thread.
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    TX - Winberg family, Galveston County, November 2014

    http://www.khou.com/story/news/local...shed/19310469/

    GALVESTON, Texas – It's a mystery that started with a sinking sailboat and the amazing rescue of a couple and seven children.

    Three weeks later, the family is missing and investigators have discovered they may have lied

    "Boy, you better straighten up before I take out your eyes and look at your brain to see what's wrong with you."

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    This is so bizarre. I wonder how they found out they gave them fake names. Do you think the adults are just nuts, or are trying to hide something?

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    Very strange. I'm worried about those children.
    Please be aware that what I type is my opinion.

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    Weird. They paid cash for the boat 6 days before it went down...I wonder how much cash.

    Also from Catch Kitty's link: "The boat can't be moved or checked for information inside until a 20-day waiting period is over to see if the owners show up."

    That seems odd, I don't think police would need to wait that long to check inside a car crashed by the side of a road.


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    Isn't there any school that is missing these children? Well maybe they are homeschooled. Isn't any family or friends looking for 9 people!

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    My first thought: 3 weeks>20 days. Then I read the original article: the boat capsized Oct 31, so they should be able to tow it out today. I wonder why they haven't?

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    http://houston.culturemap.com/news/c...-a-fake-trail/
    "Just got this strange feeling something's not right," Sgt. Louis Trochesset of Galveston County Sheriff's Office Marine Division tells KHOU. "I've heard they were going to the Virgin Islands, we've heard they were going down to Mexico."

    Volunteer firefighters from San Leon rescued the individuals from the partially-submerged sailboat. The youngest child on board was around a year old.

    "Boy, you better straighten up before I take out your eyes and look at your brain to see what's wrong with you."

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    If the sailboat is causing public and/or environmental harm, it makes no sense that they would have to wait any amount of time. I agree, if a wrecked car were just abandoned alongside a road, I doubt it would take 20 days to have it towed somewhere. This story makes no sense.

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    you would think they would at least have some or all on camera at the hospital...so they could show that on the news as DO you Recognize these people??
    was the whole family taken to the hospital with the child that was checked out, and all just left stranded at the hospital?? What did they tell the workers there? Did anyone see them leave? Was no one arranging lodging, clothing (like maybe Salvation Army?) Anything?
    did LE find who they bought the boat from? What did they say??
    VERY strange...couldn't be easy lurking around with that many children in tow.

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