March 3, 2010
Posted: 10:02 PM ET
14-year-old Amber Dubois went missing last year in Escondido, California while on her way to school. The last person to hear from Amber was her grandmother, Shelia Welch, who shared her story with Larry King Live blog.
It was from my 14 year old granddaughter, Amber Leeanne Dubois. I read it and smiled. I wish that I had dialed her phone and talked to her instead of just being pleased to get a text. It was text #70 between us for that week. It was the last time ANYONE heard from Amber.
Half an hour later, two people said they saw her just yards away from her high school. Then, in just a few seconds, she disappeared.
It was a really special day for Amber because she was a proud member of FFA (Future Farmers of America) and she was to get her lamb that morning. In her pack back was the check for the lamb and valentines for her friends. She had a cell phone which I provided in there, too. She was excited and happy, a good student with a perfect attendance, an avid reader and a lover of all animals, but, especially wolves, an interest we both shared.
At first, since I had her little sister with me and we were 86 miles away, I stayed with her while my daughter, Carrie, searched everywhere for Amber and called for help from the local police. They did not put out an Amber Alert because no one saw her disappear. They did not put up roadblocks. They did not bring helicopters or drones. They did not bring dogs to scent for her. She was 14 and they made the bad assumption that she was a runaway. She was not. She was a VICTIM.
She is still missing after more than a year. What would be the result if the police had done for Amber what was done for Chelsea [King]? While I grieve for the loss of Chelsea, I cannot escape the thought that the results would have been different had the same efforts been made for Amber.
Although we have searched in a multitude of ways to find our beloved Amber, those first crucial hours were wasted and Amber has been paying an enormous price for that. How many children are going to suffer in the days to come for "failures to act?" – whether it is to search for the missing or to keep sex offenders like [John] Gardner in jail?
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