Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Rescue of Elizabeth Shoaf: or Amber Alerts only work if You issue Them

On September 6, Elizabeth Shoaf disappeared while walking home. She was rescued on September 16 after text messaging her mother while her kidnapper left the bunker where he was holding her. No surprise that her was a registered sex offender. There were the usual quotes from local law enforcement like:

“It’s an answer to a prayer,” he [Sheriff Steve McCaskill] said. “We have been working so hard and so diligently hoping for this outcome.


Over 100 volunteers helped in the search over the last week and a half. This is where one would normaly have the obligatory praise of the Amber Alert System. Unfortunately I cannot do that here. You see, the Amber Alert commissioner refused to issue the Amber Alert! His response was:

"If you pull it too often,I'm afraid that it appears you're crying wolf too often, and people will ignore it."

It was apparent from his attitude that he regarded this as a case of a runaway. Either that or he privately thinks it should only be used in the case of pretty blonde damsels in distress. But this was not the case of a runaway. She was allegedly abducted by a registered sex offender posing as a law enforcement officer. At least they caught the guy.
Thanks Amber Alert Commission for a job well done...NOT!!!

2 comments:

Judy said...

I have to reply!!!! i am so frickin pissed!!! I went to Lugoff, drove from Tampa, Florida to meet Elizabeth and I did!!! That girl was so mistreated by Law Enforcement!!! They are prejudice and DID NOT help that girl's family!!! they handled the case as a runaway!!! Period...
They DID NOT Find that girl, she escaPED AND WAS WALKING IN THE WOODS...SHE WOULD HAVE MADE IT HOME WITHOUT THEIR FRICKIN' HELP!!! Elizabeth and her family deserve much more!!! And to top it off the predator lived RIGHT next door to a deputy and had an outstanding wattant for 9 months!!! Now tell me how that happens!!!!
Thanks!!!

Judy

You can see my Luggoff trip on my site!!!
www.SexualPredatorUSA.com

tony gonzalez said...

I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO HELPED IN THE SEARCH FOR MY NIECE ELIZABETH SHOAF. SHE IS AN AMAZING LITTLE GIRL AND MY NEW HERO IN MY LIFE. HE IS DOING WELL AND WITH THE HELP OF MY FAMILY AND THE CONTINUED SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY SHE WILL SHE THAT SICK M***** F***** THAT SHE IS AS STRONG AS EVER AND WILL OVERCOME THIS TRAGEDY.

TONY GONZALEZ

RICHLAND COUNTY