I just found a Facebook page for Samatha Clonch, whose 1999 disappearance is one of those “shrug, I have no idea what happened here” cases I mentioned in my previous entry. The Facebook contained very little info other than that she was in eighth grade at the time. But the posters’ comments were distressing: a lot of them had been Samatha’s classmates and they had had NO IDEA she was missing all this time. When she vanished from their midst they assumed she moved or something and nobody bothered to tell them otherwise.
Even if the police did think Samatha had run off to Mexico (and they did think that, at first anyway), you’d think they’d have taken the trouble to interview her classmates to see if anybody knew anything. But it appears not. And now almost 13 years have passed.