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Old 08-22-2016, 03:02 PM   #31
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I'm surprised this case doesn't get more run on this board. I saw it once years ago and just watched it twice. I lean toward Lauren being kidnapped and killed, but I could also see a scenario for a family member taking her due to her physical ailments and trying to raise and care for her in a better manner than what they perceived her mother to be doing. Such a sad, sad case anytime a child is involved.
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I'm surprised this case doesn't get more run on this board. I saw it once years ago and just watched it twice. I lean toward Lauren being kidnapped and killed, but I could also see a scenario for a family member taking her due to her physical ailments and trying to raise and care for her in a better manner than what they perceived her mother to be doing. Such a sad, sad case anytime a child is involved.
I know this is a year old, but it's amazing how many child abductions (despite the statistic that most children are abducted by someone known to them or in their family) were featured on UM that were familial related. I wonder how many of the abductions presented as stranger abductions were actually family related.
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I just rewatched this segment today. I don't think her mother had anything to do with it and believe she was abducted by a stranger or a male neighbor she was acquainted with. It's so sad that her family never got closure.
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I just watched this segment. I’m shocked I’ve never seen it before?? I’m floored that all of his time Lauren is still missing. I see that Christina has passed away which is awful. They never tell the entire story on television.
The US segment is all all over the place, chopped up and pieced together for a show.
Who leaves the neighbor’s small daughter outside? Also, I do believe that Lauren walked away from home as she was reprimanded earlier for walking to a store with a group of girls without permission.
I feel like she walked off even after knowing it wouldn’t be ok and some nasty male species grabbed her or someone could’ve hit her too and panicked. What freaks me out is the “update” on US is a age progression of what Lauren looks like at age 29! Like seriously that’s no update where the heck is she !!!
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For all of websleuths faults, there's been a lot of good discussion on websleuths just in the last few years on this case, including a lot of insightful posts from the individual who was called to track footprints when Lauren disappeared. He had been called in by police chief Cote (interviewed in the segment) for the filming of the UM segment, but never knew if he could be seen in the segment or not. This guy has a wealth of good information, to put it mildly, and has not only kept all of his notes for the last 27 years, but also has the vast majority of newspaper articles on this case.

-There is sort of a significant "Person of Interest" in this case, an older guy who lived in the mental facility that I mentioned earlier in this thread. He moved to the apartment complex when the mental facility closed, was said to have an obsession giving little girls gifts and is described as "slow". This guy has since passed on, but his close friend is still alive and there's been some desire to contact this friend. However, it should be noted that police did a door-to-door check of the entire apartment complex (which I believe was about 150 apartments or so) and did not get the impression Lauren was anywhere else in the complex.

-The tracker has mentioned several times that he felt Lauren was abducted by someone she knew, and that various things in the footprints indicated this (pace, no attempt to pull away, etc.)

-The tracks went to a local motel or hotel. Lauren's scent was detected at the motel parking lot, but not inside the actual building. Conflicting information on if staff and guests were questioned or not. One source says they were all questioned, but came up empty. Another says there were 3 members of Lauren's extended family staying at the motel she is believed to have disappeared from.

-I continue to get the vibe Christina O'Donnell was NOT involved in her daughter's disappearance. Tracker said that she was EXTENSIVELY questioned, and that she would frequently break down in legitimate tears (I also recall mentioning she was choked up in the UM interview). The police had also sent a "listener" to "aid" her, and her job was essentially to note and transcribe every thing Christina said, presumably so that they could use it against her later if they thought she was guilty.

-The tracker goes on to say that he was told there were 2 older people involved in the search for Lauren that were her grandparents, but doesn't know which side (paternal or maternal). He said the older folks acted very strangely and smiled at him whenever he looked at them, and didn't seem at all concerned their granddaughter was missing.

With all of that being said, I think a possible scenario is this: Lauren was abducted by a member of her extended family who didn't like the conditions she was living in at the time, and I think it's a very real possibility Lauren is still alive, but has no idea about her past life and may be living under another identity now. There were rumors of her being in Florida, where Christina O'Donnell was known to have relatives, and Mickey even flew down there at one point to follow up on a lead. I don't believe Mickey or his relatives had any part in this (I read that Mickey called the lead investigator on this case every single day at 4 p.m. for a very long period of time until the 2 had a falling out of sorts).

Now, a possible problem with that is "Why didn't they also abduct Lauren's sister?" But I think I have a possible reason for that. Lauren was born with all sorts of physical problems, and I think the relatives feared she wasn't getting the appropriate care under Christina's watch and/or were concerned that Christina might not be able to afford to appropriately care for Lauren for a continued period of time. Mickey had planned to fight for custody, but of course we'll never know how that would have turned out or if the relatives knew about it.

A couple of other miscellaneous items the tracker noted I thought were interesting. Helicopters were used, and while he appreciated them, he said it runs the risk of them masking any sound or cry for help the victim is making. Also stated that local news stations arrived and stepped on the very footprints he was trying to track. To get them to go away, he picked his nose while they were trying to film him for the segment. They went away and police put up caution tape after that to prevent their reappearance.
Rarely does anything past season 4-5 drive me to the boards here anymore. Just out of sheer curiosity, I looked for a thread on Lauren and found this one. Then, after reading the above, I went and found the Websleuths thread mentioned.

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/th...8.27917/page-9

This is about where wiseguy182 would've left off when he made the post I quoted. There are 7 more pages (for a total of 16).

Among all those........

-There is significant mention by the Tracker, of trouble communicating with the local PD. He would pass along evidence, notes etc, only to be met with stone cold silence.

-One of Lauren's cousins posted (on page 9) and emphatically stated her maternal grandparents did *not* have anything to do with the disappearance.

-There is mention (also on page 9) of a nearby trailer park where a reputed child molester lived. Parents of children in Lauren's complex were reportedly slow to catch on to this person's past and let their kids play in this person's home. Said person later committed suicide.

-The Tracker mentioned (on page 10) that he was forwarding his information along to his State Representative and that said rep was reportedly horrified at some of what was dug up, recommending passing the info on to the County DA

-The Tracker has mentioned that in addition to the former mental patient angle, he also entertained the notion that Lauren walked to a nearby convenience story, with or without other children (page 15)

I haven't read the first 8 pages, but I would suspect they'd be just as fascinating. Unfortunately, there haven't been any new posts since early June of this year.
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