Great question, thanks! Regarding the witness issue, I *think* you may be referring to the Poindexter brothers, Eric and Brian. We added an interview with Eric on our website (you can watch it HERE). Preliminary thoughts on Eric's story: Assuming he's telling the truth, it was probably not Gina. He said that the "little girl" was wearing tight black pants and a gray puffy jacket..........but Gina was wearing blue jeans and a white jacket. I'm trying to find out more information about the license plate (it's not helping that I'm reading about two different plates). We'll definitely add it to the FAQ page and link you when we're done =)
Greetings, I actually got the info from this very site, here's a link:
[ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=6561"]OH - Gina DeJesus, 14, Cleveland, 2 April 2004 - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]
This one has, what I'm assuming to be a classmate of Gina's mentioning she saw her getting into a car with someone on, it's the 7th post, but the 5th post has something slightly similar. It states that other kids have seen the car as well before.
I saw the Poindexter video, I'm not quite sure they were at the right spot (there's an America's most wanted video which shows her last spot, according to blood hounds sniffing here sent here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wKqB9Xzsrg), I don't think that's the same spot that's in the Poindexter video (although they aren't standing right next to it, so I can't tell). Actually I just checked it out on Googlemaps and it appears Poindexter's spot is not the same as the one on America's most wanted.
According to post number 5 the car's description was "The man is described as Hispanic, driving a light-colored, older-model compact car with a license plate that includes the letters SMS" - I'm wondering if this was actually the car?
Interestingly, these were amongst the very earliest clues in the first week, but as the weeks turned into months and months turned into years this topic was not brought up further from what I can see. Perhaps they didn't think the testimony of the kids was strong enough?