Olisa Williams

I have been unable to go to my college classes these last two days because the weather, and hence the roads, have been so bad. I tried to make it yesterday, but the roads were like a skating rink. I wound up sliding into a ditch at 45 mph, missing a telephone pole by about half a foot. I’m lucky I wasn’t killed. I couldn’t get out of the ditch on my own and my brother had to come rescue me. I didn’t even go out today — the roads are a lot worse than they were yesterday. So I am staying in to write updates instead.

I noticed that the NCMEC has, in addition to adding a new (badly needed) AP to Olisa Williams‘s poster, changed her date of disappearance from February 8, 1983 to July 8, 1982. I have NO IDEA where the 1983 date came from, but back when the poster had that date the case always struck me as very suspicious. I mean: “She was taken from her father, as he slept on a park bench.” Nobody just randomly falls asleep on a park bench in Ann Arbor, Michigan in February. It is February now, and Weather.com says it is presently 11 degrees in Ann Arbor — quite a typical temperature for this time of year. To fall asleep in that kind of cold is to freeze to death.

Mr. Williams’s falling asleep in on the park bench the middle of July makes a great deal more sense, though as you can see from Olisa’s casefile that’s probably not what happened either.

There’s a fair-to-middling chance that Olisa is alive today. Who knows, we could have another Carlina White story, someday. She would be thirty years old this year.