Monday, November 12, 2012

Caleigh Harrison: Possible Update

BOSTON —

The pink capri pants were found on the northern end of Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester by a person walking the beach on Friday, state police said. 
The pants are consistent in size, color, and style with those that Caleigh Harrison was wearing when she disappeared while playing on Rockport's Long Beach on April 19, state police said. 
The pants, found about a mile south of where the girl was last seen, were shown to members of the child's family, but they have not confirmed if they belonged to Caleigh, state police said.
"Obviously, they would love to be able to put this child to rest and this is the first break in the case," said Maureen Flatley, of the Mission for Missing Children. "I think there is the first possibility that they may be able to recover some remains, which is the best we can hope for."
After more than a week of water, air, and ground searches last spring, as well as an exhaustive missing person investigation by Rockport and State Police, investigators concluded that Caleigh Harrison likely somehow entered the ocean and was pulled out to sea.
No evidence connected to her disappearance was found at that time.
Caleigh Anne Harrison

21 comments:

Apple said...

The photo of the recovered pants is heartbreaking

BostonLady said...

I'm not trying to beat up on the mother but if these pants are those of Caliegh's, she should be charged with neglect. The mother left this 2 year old baby right at the water while she went to retrieve a ball. Everyone knows how quickly a 2 year old can move and be hurt in an instant. An accident would have been if the mother was sitting at the water's edge and the baby fell in and she couldn't revive her. Leaving the baby for however long it took to get the ball is neglect.

I also worry about the sibling who I believe was 4 yrs old at the time. This child will probably have serious issues knowing this happened in front of their eyes.

Anonymous said...

Why wouldn't the mother be able to immediately identify the pants ? I know I would know what my kid was wearing, the size, the color, the style, every detail would be seared in my memory. I would have an immediate crippling emotional reaction.
Anna

Apple said...

Anna,
The pants are in shreds.

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla

IMO this is the man the four year old saw with her little sister.

Dennis Outwater of Rockport said he did his own shoreline search, after hearing that a child was missing.

“I didn’t want to find anything, because I knew she’d be dead,” Outwater said. “The ocean is really rough here.” Boston Herald 4-20-2012


http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=158006&page=4
The Major reason for studying Western Civilization is to learn from whence comes what today we call "ideological thinking." It major source was not religion (that would be dogma, ritual, and myth, which are not the same as ideology), but rather that of Athenian sophistry. The sophists practiced "gnosis," the Greek term for a sort of thinking heavily influenced by a religious piety (of the Greek sort) but with a decided claim to be "knowledge" rather than belief. Plato's dialogues are a critique of just this gnosticism, and unfortunately by the Hellenistic phrase of Western development gnosticism emerged in the two earliest of the three western religions, Judaism and Christianity, and then followed by Islam. Those that practice modern ideology--whether from the West, East, or Middle East-- are exhibiting forms of such gnosticism, and Plato's "divided line" separating real knowledge from opinion is what the modern American and European academies have forgotten (or never learned). Students who identify Western culture with racism, classism, sexism, imperialism, and colonialism (for sort, combining all of these sins: "Otherism") are applying gnostic ideology to the West. Then they are told to learn the implied superior nature of the Other cultures, hence Otherism. So both West Civ and "the Rest" are both ideological constructs; however, the students are brainwashed to assume that the latter, the Other cultures, are the preferred cultures, because they are Other. Not being aware of such ideological thinking and its source, the students implicitly appropriate unto themselves their sense of moral superiority in defaming the West and elevating all Others. Such is gnosis, moral superiority masquerading as true knowledge. It is no conincidence, then, that Plato constructed a "Republic" which features the propagandizing of 10-year old minds, which is about what these modern students have. Plato's message, in that dialogue on an "ideal city" led by philosopher-kings, was that such an ideal will inevitably, in order to be realized in history, turn into a distopia, a totalitarianism in which philosophers are no longer wise but power-bent. Sounds to me that our academic thinkers, especially philsophers and those hiding as "scientists" in sociology, psychology, and politics (govt.)are ignoring Plato's truth, that unless a society is based on the microcosmic PSYCHIC development of its citizens, good will bent on social justice will be converted into demonic evil. We seem to be on that path, but without the broad study of Western Civ--Plato, as well as others, must be put into proper context, in his call that of Greek religion and Pre-Socratic thought, especially that of Heraclitus--we have know way of learning of our predicament.
Posted by Dennis Outwater | May 30, 2011 2:44 PM
http://www.mindingthecampus.com/forum/2011/05/why_study_western_civilization.html

Anonymous said...


http://www.nas.org/articles/Massachusetts_Association_of_Scholars_Spotlight

"The problem of evil : a comparison of theological and depth-psychological perspectives"

LC control no. 88890220
Type of material Book
Personal name Outwater, Dennis L., 1942- » More like this
Main title The problem of evil [microform] : a comparison of theological and depth-psychological perspectives / by Dennis L. Outwater.
Published/Created 1972.
Description vii, 479 p.
Notes Bibliography: p. 465-479.
Dissertation note Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Chicago, 1972.
Additional formats Microfilm. Chicago, Ill. : University of Chicago, Joseph Regenstein Library, Dept. of Photoduplication, 1972. 1 microfilm reel ; 35 mm.
LC classification Microfilm 50077 (B)
http://www.nas.org/articles/are_modern_professors_experts_on_good_and_evil

Dennis Outwater says:
March 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm
What do the Germans mean by “Geisteswissenschaften”? “Geist” can mean mind, spirit, even ghost, and “wissenschaften” can mean learning, knowledge, scholarship, and science. Most Leftist “liberals” choose to believe that their politics is based on a worldview that chooses mind over spirit and certainly over ghosts, and science over the more general learning or knowledge or scholarship. In its mild form, for many leftists science drifts toward instrumentalist and highly experimental methodology, relying upon the general cultural approval of science because it leads to technological change (considered good on the whole). It is extreme form, leftists cut off any association of Geist with mind, relegating it to the realm of ghosts or other “superstitions.” In this form, reality equals that which is know only by a scientific methodology, and all the rest is “myth” or “ideological bias” or “plain stupidity” or subjectivity. The proper term for this extreme scientific emphasis is “positivism,” which is mostly and usually an unconscious philosophy. So the word “science” for them carries the “ideological”=philosophical epistemology of positivism. This is the major “sacred value” that makes social psychology a bias that “binds” its practitioners together and also “blinds” them to the value of the best of conservative thinking. The best conservatives understand “Geisteswissenschaften” as the attempt to apply a broadly rational or reasonable approach to all learning, and such would by definition exclude conservatives who deny the scientific truth of evolution because of a religious need for “intelligent design ‘evidencing’ a Designer”.
The best of conservatives are really “liberals,” but in the classical sense, i.e., liberals who avoid positivism and its correlative, which is a religious view masquerading as based on some sort of perceived set of facts (e.g., miraculous Biblical “events”). Liberals are scholars in the classical sense, and pay close attention to the history of philosophy and the anthropological and historical study of religion (i.e., of the major parts of culture up until the last couple of centuries). What are called “liberals” today, in at least the “Leftist” sense, are not liberal at all, for classical liberals do not adhere to positivism and are, on the contrary, quite suspicious of the move from “psychology” and “sociology” to that of “social sciences,” which inevitably apes the epistemology of the hard sciences. Ask a Ph.D in psychology who was the first psychologist in the world, and they will not know that the answer is Plato. Classical liberals try to find facts for their views when facts are relevant, rather than assuming that facts are always presupposed as relevant. If facts are not relevant, that does not mean that nothing intelligent can be said beyond that point (as it does for positivists).

Anonymous said...

Classical liberals have room for learning that is learning and not sheer subjectiviity, but is also not science and does not need to be called science to have status and a hearing. Classical liberals speak to and are heard by other classically inclined liberals, as distinct from the gnostics on the Right (religious positivists, such as evangelicals) and gnostics on the Left (anti-religious or ’secular’ positivists). Gnostics are those pseudo-intellectuals who believe that their worldview is based on facts and therefore is invincible. Gnostics also hold views that, in their view, leads to what Nietzsche called “will to power,” a Faustian knowledge. Knowledge which does not lead to power is a subjective quirk, for them, and should lead to branding conservatives as insane or psychopathological. Often this is nothing more than an unconscious projection of a sort of insanity, a pneumapathology, of the Left.
Furthermore, classical liberals are suspicious of those on the Left who have made their careers into political advocacy. These latter comb academia for heretics=”conservatives,” and they justify such by calling “liberal academia” a self-serving and self-defining group, which is what the pipeline to tenure is all about. Leftist politics looks more and more like an unconscious religious passion (defining “religion” as “ultimate concern,” a la Paul Tillich). Kant tried to make the necessary distinctions, between a “theoretical reason” that creates the scientific enterprise, and a “practical reason” that deals with what he called the major “posulates” that are necessary to get along in life (freedom, immortality, and God). His idea was that both are necessary to be fully human, although practical reason takes priority for Kant. With regard to the latter, discussed in the Critique of Practical Reason (which is ignored by the positivists who came in Kant’s wake, those overjoyed by the destruction of all past metaphysics), Kant tried to make religion (immortality and God) reasonable, a sort of “rational faith” to use a questionable term (to easily snarled at as “oxymoronic” by Leftists) of Kant’s. “God” becomes the “rational” but not scientifically or empirical demonstrable notion that happiness and ethical duty (“ethical character” if you like) can “coincide,” that ethics, in my phrase, is not a “sucker’s game.” So I suggest we need to call Leftist professors not “liberals” (they may be liberal in morals, but more likely antinomian) but rather gnostics, and call Rightest evangelicals or religionists who cannot abide by the separation of church and state as also “gnostics.” Doing so, we cut across the usual, deplorable grain of Left versus Right, liberal vs. conservative, thereby creating a more useful duality between gnostics and anti-gnostics.
It would be nice to have a “positive” (distinguished from positivistic) term for anti-gnostics, but until one comes along, perhaps we should simply use the term “scholar,” implying either a humanistic thinker of non-partisan, historically informed broad knowledge, or a scientific thinker by profession who is also personally a scholar as well. To take up this way of thinking, I warn you, requires that we give up our scapegoats and straw men, we give up our hatreds and moral condescension (on both sides), and get down to the difficult task of thinking and speaking carefully based on wisdom rather than cleverness.

Anonymous said...

"Earlier this year, investigators ruled out abduction even after Elizabeth told a friend that “a mean man took Caleigh.” Anthony Harrison, the girls’ father, believes Elizabeth told the story out of fear of getting in trouble for not protecting her sister"

-"Anthony Harrison, the girls’ father, believes Elizabeth told the story out of fear of getting in trouble for not protecting her sister."

Wow. This line of thinking for the father is strange. Why would the 4 year feel the need to make up a story like this??? Weird.

Anonymous said...

Sorry. The form box thing (where we type) wouldn't let me edit/add anymore.

The link for the above quote:

http://www.boston.com/metrodesk/2012/11/12/pants-that-may-have-been-worn-missing-toddler-caleigh-harrison-wash-good-harbor-beach-police-say/iMLJUqlfQRNpb0MqThCh9J/story.html

Jazzie said...

Caleigh's mother was investigated by DCF:
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/27/neglect-case-opened-against-mother-of-caleigh-harrison/

Father worked with Mission for the Missing:
http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/06/27/neglect-case-opened-against-mother-of-caleigh-harrison/

Caleigh was swept out to sea.

Anonymous said...

The photo shown of the pants looks like the pants were cut to ribbons. They look like they were cut up and down. Is that the eroding powers of the sea and saltwater? Are those pants or overalls? I wish LE had provided the public with a photo of how the garment washed ashore before anyone touched it. If it was all bunched up then why didn't other pieces belonging to this child get tangled up in all those long strips of cloth (looks like corduroy to me).

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla

If the mom climbed over the wall she would have had boulders to negoiate requiring her to watch her step, the dog may have run down the beach to the stairs to meet her above the beach/other side of wall. That gives time for a man to abduct Caleigh and be "mean" to her sister. Within minutes a resue team was in the water.

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla

use the term “scholar,” implying either a humanistic thinker of non-partisan, historically informed broad knowledge, or a scientific thinker by profession who is also personally a scholar as well


speaking carefully based on wisdom rather than cleverness. Dennis Outwater says:
March 5, 2011 at 5:07 pm
http://www.nas.org/articles/are_modern_professors_experts_on_good_and_evil

“I didn’t want to find anything, because I knew she’d be dead,” Outwater said. “The ocean is really rough here.” Boston Herald 4-20-2012

Informed Knowledge.

Jazzie said...

"I didn’t want to find anything, because I knew she’d be dead,” Outwater said. “The ocean is really rough here.” Boston Herald 4-20-2012

I know the deadly power of the ocean. I think Caleigh got swept out to sea. I wouldn't ever want to find a dead person let alone a dead child. Sometimes tragic accidents happen. Maybe the mother left alone her two children and Caleigh ended up being swept away because she fell into the water. It happens... it takes only seconds. Maybe Caleigh's mom's statements/behavior is due to guilt or medication/drugs/alcohol. People on anti-depressants can exhibit "flat-line" emotions as a side effect.

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla
I believe Lizzie
As Allison gazed down at the spot where her daughters had been, there was only Elizabeth, arms outstretched, shouting: “Caleigh’s gone!’’
Lizzie’s story
Naturally, everyone wondered what Elizabeth, who is known as “Lizzie’’ and will be 5 in June, would reveal. At first, she told police and her parents she did not know what happened. But a few days later, her family says, she told a friend she was playing with that “a mean man took Caleigh.’’
Her father, aunt, and grandmother say they overheard the conversation. Lizzie, they said, described a heavyset man in black shorts, smoking, with a bald patch and facial hair. She even drew a picture for them.
“The detail was eerie,’’ her father says. “The hair on the back of my neck was standing up.’’
The family asked police to interview her again. Afterward, police told the family that there was no evidence of kidnapping, that the disappearance was “a tragic accident.’’
Procopio declined to give details of the interview with Lizzie but said: “We did not have a description of any man on the beach.’’ Witnesses told police that they saw Allison and her daughters but didn’t see anyone else coming or going
Her parents don’t grill Lizzie about that day at the beach, but Allison says she has asked her where she thinks Caleigh is.
“I don’t know,’’ Lizzie replied.
“Do you think she’ll come home?’’
“Oh yeah, she misses us.’’
Lizzie has planned activities for “when Caleigh comes back.’’ She has insisted on buying toys, coloring books, and juice boxes for the little sister she loved to dress up like a doll.

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla
I wonder what the mean man said to Lizzie

Anonymous said...

Please help find Ayla

"I didn’t want to find anything, because I knew she’d be dead,” Outwater said. “THE OCEAN IS REALLY ROUGH HERE.” ( Sounds like a sailors description of ocean conditions) Boston Herald 4-20-2012

Expected: The ocean waves are really rough here. The expanation for the informed knowledge should be more site specific. The statement is true if he knows she is in the ocean.

Pak31 said...

I read that the pants were caught in a lobster trap so that could have aided in the shredding. Also a Gloucester website had a picture of the pants and there was a white tag on the inside. I would think it showed the brand and/or size on it which would help her mom identify them as hers. They were like pink jeans. She was wearing pink pants the day she disappeared, so I don't know how mom couldn't tell.

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LitAfuseiCantStop said...

I know this is an older thread, but I just wanted to address a couple comments. First, in response to Pak31, living on the coast of Maine & being a "lobsterman" myself I can tell you that the pants being caught on a lobster trap wouldnt cause any kind of shredding of the material, nor would the lobsters themselves be responsible for any damage. As Im sure you know, lobsters have two claws, the larger of the two being the crusher used to crush prey and the smaller, the cutter or pincher which they use to hold & tear prey which is to be eaten. They wouldnt be attracted to pants or any sort of fabric. I've seen plenty of articles of clothing damaged by nature, be it on land or washed up on the beach & the reason the pants look as if they have been "cut into ribbons" is because the thinner fabric rots or decomposes first, leaving the thicker seams which take longer to break down.

Lastly, Mr Outwaters use of the word "rough" is a standard term typically used in this region & refers to the conditions on the water which vary depending on the location, current, wind speed etc.

Peter Hyatt said...

Thank you, Litafuse...