I have NEVER been as conflicted about the (early) facts of a case as this one. I'm impressed by LE's passion and forthcomingness. Rationally, I know it's incredibly unlikely for them to suggest a POI they actually do not believe to be a POI.. the damage to his reputation would be irreparable.
I get the biggest sense of "they've got the wrong guy" feeling right now than I've ever experienced.. which is to say, very, very infrequently. Seeing his FB and the types of absolutely normal friends he has merely confirmed it. Most of the POIs we see follow endless *advertiser censored* pages and befriend fake cam models and whatnot. (just an observation obviously the "in plain site" creeps are just as prevalent.)
If the DM is right and he told his grandma they got drinks and parted, that's already less than so many other "players" in different cases. I think about the fact that I'm literally the only person I know "irl" who follows these cases.. nobody on my newsfeed reposts missing persons stories or amber alerts. Nobody I know will have heard of any of the recent big cases here. I also don't have any friends who work hospital hours, so irregularly that their neighbors think they don't work. It's super likely IMO that he didn't even know "a college student" was missing, so in his mind he had nothing to report before the warrant was served.
I'm at least glad that I'm not the only one not stunned at the possibility of Hannah having met him that night two drunk, happy, strangers. One of them apparently well-known and charismatic.
A cursory search about VA alcohol arrests:
"In Charlottesville, Virginia, two adults served jail time in 2007 for providing alcohol at their son's 16th birthday party."
Two men who were arrested for contributing to the delinquency of non-relative minors
"[...] the Office of the Surgeon General, the U.S. Department of Justices Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and the National Research Council among others, have been published on the subject of underage drinking. They each stress that enforcement efforts should focus on the retailers and providers of the alcohol." http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/blueprints/underagedrink.pdf
A Virginia lawyer's reminder: http://www.paullinlaw.com/Firm-Arti...lowing-Underage-Drinking-in-their-Homes.shtml
VA specific thoughts on public intoxication/fake IDs/general strictness: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ug...w-about-virginia-law-before-they-get-arrested
Again, IF the DM is correct and LJM has admitted to buying Hannah drinks, it doesn't matter that he didn't know at the time she was underage. He could absolutely have already been arrested, IMO. If LE is so sure they have their guy, why has that not happened? I'm not actually trying to sound persuasive here or whatever I really don't know what the benefits are of arresting vs not arresting a POI in terms of following him etc, outside of obvious "he'll lead us to the body" cases that I've never actually seen pan out. Way too often someone everyone here suspects ahead of time to be a POI is arrested for a minor, unrelated charge. Wondering why everything about this case has been so.. different so far.