Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Leanne Bearden Family Offers Reward
The family of missing woman, Leanne Bearden has now offered a total of $20,000 in reward:
$10,000 for her exact location and an additional $10,000 for information that leads to her return.
If someone gives her "exact" location, would that not lead to her return? Is the word "exact" defined?
Do they believe she does not want to return?
This is not a usual reward.
Josh Bearden's statement:
"While there are many more questions than answers, the only thing we do know is that lack of contact to anyone she loves is very worrisome. We strongly feel that if she could have contacted us, she would have by now ... We are hoping offering a financial reward will encourage that person or people to share that information."
Please note that the media reported that this statement came from Josh Bearden, the husband.
Please note the absence of the pronoun "I" in the statement is not expected.
Please note the absence of the pronoun "I", particularly here: "We strongly feel that if she could have contacted us, she would have by now..."
This is not expected, yet is consistent with Josh Bearden's statements since he first reported his wife's disappearance. He has rarely used the pronoun "I" in his statements.
A missing spouse is very personal and up close.
"Again, at this time there is no evidence that points to any crime being committed, but the lack of any real credible information and lack of contact by Leanne to any of us has us extremely worried and we just want to know that Leanne is OK" Josh Bearden.
It is very unexpected that he would avoid the singular "I" in his statement here. This is distancing language, and it is often the language found when one wishes to share responsibility or guilt (Dillingham) and is something parents of teenagers are quite familiar with. At times, the guilty will use plurality as one wishes to dilute guilt within a crowd, as if to fade into a larger group, and not feel so singled out.
The word "just" is reduction; that is, as if to say "only" by way of comparison with another thought. In Analytical Interviewing, the follow up questions seek to learn what the subject was comparing something to.
This may refer back to the split in the reward.
Anyone with information can call the Garden Ridge Police Department at 210-651-6441 or the Heidi Search Center at 210-650-0428.