- Mar 19, 2022
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Is your theory that she was a crime victim soon after she left home to supposedly go to the bank & get something to eat? A criminal took her car, abandoned her or her body & left all her credit cards & ID, parking the car on a busy public street (maybe expecting it would be ransacked, leaving no evidence other than the vehicle itself)?Okay, I'll just say it, ugh. Of those who have been closely following this situation, does anyone else think it's likely that Michelle was deceased before September 23 and was never actually in New Orleans?
I have two main reasons:
(1) Lack of surveillance footage coming to light (considering that it's a highly publicized case and in a highly surveilled city).
To me, the whole Michelle being in New Orleans scenario seems less likely to be true as time goes on. We've only seen one reliable photo/video in a very well surveilled city and nothing from the 350 mile journey either.
And even that one photo/video is not completely reliable. There are a couple of things about it that raise reasonable questions and we don't know who it came from.
And, of course, no surveillance footage would even have to pass through LE's hands to be made available to the public so we can't assume they have it. As far as I'm aware, neither the first very unclear video or the later, far more clear photo (which was part of a surveillance video) passed through LE hands before being publicized. Anyone can post any videos or photos they want up on YouTube or elsewhere on the internet.
Michelle being missing in NO was highly publicized. So if Michelle was really in this highly surveilled city, where is it?
(2) Being in a mental fog and not in a mental fog at the same time is a contradiction.
Also questionable to me is the whole notion of Michelle being aware enough to be able to operate a vehicle on the road for 6-7 hours without being pulled over, while at the same time, not aware enough to know where she was or what was going on around her.
Also, she's never wandered off before and her brother said there were no indications found that she planned to leave.
To me, that's why the facts we know are tipping the scales heavily to the first scenario at this point, unfortunately. Anyone else? I hope I'm wrong.
My argument would be I think the video still we have is Michelle, which places her in NOLA at least on Sept. 23 & the day before. Her hair is naturally dark, thick & wavy (as seen in a childhood pic on her Facebook). We can't know whether the latest photos uploaded to her page match the dates posted.
Maybe she cut her hair & did not maintain her usual flat-ironed style after her surgery in June. Maybe all of her appearance had been going downhill since then if she spent most of her time at home & was physically/mentally unwell.
Michelle is apparently an intelligent lady. Lots of people disappear more easily than expected (just peruse other frequent WS cases). It wouldn't surprise me if she chose NOLA because she thought she could hide there or use it as a means to go elsewhere. Her choices may not be healthy from our perspective but they may not be random, either.
Just because you have a mental health issue does not mean you can't plan, think, strategize, mimic homeless behaviors, hitchhike, befriend someone to help you find resources, move on to another place, etc.
Driving I-10 to New Orleans is pretty simple. Along the way, she could have been thinking about how to get off-grid. Then when she approached her first homeless folks, she wasn't rejected so the plan started working.
Personally, I don't think awareness of her disappearance is high in NOLA. I think she is still there. I don't know why she would chose to endanger herself in this particular way, but I think she did make that choice.
Pure speculation on my part. I hope someone she encounters decides to report that to authorities other than the NOLA PD. Let's face it, they will probably not take a report, much less follow through. That very much works to Michelle's advantage if she wants to stay hidden. So does the general "let the good times roll" attitude that allows someone to just hang out in a place like NOLA, no questions asked.
How does this end? I have no idea. But she is likely already a crime victim if she is living on the streets. She may have started out thinking her fate was in her control. Not so much now if she is still alive.
Neither the early crime victim scenario nor the choosing to hide scenario are optimistic outcomes. Her husband is left experiencing trauma & loss with three kids to help. Her brother is trying to get the word out but NOLA is a big place. It would take a team of undercover investigators to gain a lead in the underground life there.
And what if when found, Michelle doesn't want to go home? After a psych eval, she might be released to the care of family but if she resists?
JMHO, while wishing MR will come home, get help/treatment & find a way back into the lives to those who love her