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    Quote Originally Posted by dogperson View Post
    It was in the Wikipedia article that the neighbor said Joan brought the children back over to her house and said she would be back.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disapp..._of_Joan_Risch

    According to various accounts, the story seems to differ, so I don't know how it really happened.
    Wikipedia isn't the best source, IMHO -- it's not a primary source and it's not MSM. I think the original statement, written at the time of the disappearance, is much more reliable.

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    Ok, so that same PDF that has the original police report also has a copy of the article cited by Wikipedia. The article is entitled, "Timetable of vital day in the life of Joan Risch," Boston Record American, Jan 3, 1962. The article says that Joan walked Lillian and David over to the Barkers said that her mother said she would be back. Baker did not report seeing Joan or speaking with her, nor did she report David being over, or being told that she would be back "soon" or anything like that.

    Since the journalist probably did not interview 4-year-old Lillian, I have to wonder if s/he just got that wrong, since it's the only contemporary source I know of that claimed that Joan said "I'll be back" to her daughter.

    I highly recommend reading that entire article and all of the original sources because it also has a lot of other details that may or may not be true, including sightings of a car in the driveway from a school bus.
    Last edited by Skigirl; 09-17-2017 at 09:26 AM.

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