Sat 30 Apr 2005
Well doesn’t this just beat all? For the last several days this area has been wonder what happened to Jennifer Wilbanks, the bride-to-be who supposedly disappeared during a jog alone here in Duluth, GA. Volunteers and police combed the area. National news media reported the story. Yesterday we had developments that her fiance’s lawyer was negotiating to take a police lie detector test, but had not done so.
And now it turns out that Jennifer jumped on a bus and went down to New Mexico, to have a little ‘alone-time’ because of the pressures of her wedding, originally scheduled for Saturday.
Hey, I know that weddings cause stress. I assume that there were a lot of family pressures. I don’t know her, but she certainly wasn’t described as a flake. But if she wanted to ‘get away’ - fine. But to disappear off the face of the earth
Worse yet, she apparently made up some story about being abducted by two people in a van when she finally did call, eventually telling the truth to police in NM. I guess she didn’t want to get in trouble with mommy and daddy.
What a ridiculous situation. After three days, someone who is trying to escape the pressure of a wedding certainly has time to make contact with her family to let them know she is OK. Her picture and story has been broadcast on every TV, radio, and newspaper in the country. Certainly she knew people were looking for her. She was a 32 year old woman, not some immature 18 year year in trouble.
I wonder what made her finally call. The fact that suspicions were falling on her boyfriend? The fact that the large-scale searches were being called off and that attention was dying down?
They say no criminal charges are pending. Off course, she didn’t stick to her lie long enough. The family was obviously genuine in trying to find her. I hope that she does have to repay all of the money it cost for the searchers to try to locate her.
And it certainly feel bad for the fiance. I’m guessing the wedding is off for today.
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