Originally Posted by liz b.
I read that Celina gave her age as 18 and sometimes 20 in certain chat rooms.So she must have been open to deception on some level. MOO My guess would be that an older boy "befriended " her. Probably someone not that far away. He might well be a lot older. If he told her that " no one can know " about their relationship, she might just have gone along with it. MOO And somehow arranged to see him that evening. It's the pullover and the shoes. MOO Although I still do believe that she was abducted by a stranger, or someone she knew only slightly,who came into her home. MOO
My son is 4 yrs older than my daughter. She has always looked mature for her age and is very beautiful. We were always on the lookout for guys from my son's hockey team or something trying to get to know her, even with the huge age gap. There was always someone posting ' Yo, Wassup..' on her MySpace or suddenly coming onto her Instant Messaging saying ' Hey, want to go to a party?' [ these would not be actual 'friends' of my sons, just random team mates or acquaintances.]
She is 19 now, but when she was in middle school she always got strange anonymous messages and I had her password and read through her computer every night. It was kind of scary looking back on it. Which leads me to Celina.
Celina and my daughter were in very different circumstances. My daughter spent her middle school summers in Malibu's junior lifeguards program. She was on the beach with cute surfers and she is not shy. So when she got any strange or anonymous comments on her computer she always instantly deleted and blocked them. She had no urge to meet any new friends. But Celina was shy and she did not have a way in her daily life to meet and communicate with cute boys. I think she was aware that she was going to turn into a very pretty teen, but was probably feeling awkward at the time. So in her situation, IF an anonymous screen name began talking to her, imo, she would answer. I think someone could begin an online relationship by IM'ing her, and complimenting her, listening to her. And they may have, knowing her sister was gone, suggested she come outside and see who her secret admirer was. She may have thought he was 13, 14 or so, and he may have been 20, 30, 40....