No news is good news, or at the least that's the way my prayers are headed. The case is official now, and Jen is in the national database for missing persons. A detective has been assigned to the case and is following it at a high priority level. Locally, friends and family have fliers they are spreading around, and Zola, our darling Guttermom, has made a web page for Jen here:
Please keep Jen and her family in your prayers/thoughts. Positive energy can only help.
And, as before, if you know or see something, but know that Jen wishes to stay anonymous, please don't hesitate to contact me privately. I'd feel so very, very much better if I only knew she was safe. It's been last July since I saw her in person, and I want very much to see her again this summer.
Since I've been asked more than once since Saturday night: No, this is not a hoax of any kind. Yes, there have been some extraordinary stresses in her life of late, and it's entirely possible that she's taken off to try to regain some sense of normalcy.
Stop reading here if you're in a fragile state. What follows is personal pain.
And to take it a bit farther than I've been asked, just in case: Yes, if you have information and do not want to share it with her family or the police, I will honor your confidence with immense gratitude. I just want the tearing my gut to stop, and I want to stop thinking about a little girl never hearing from her mommy again.