Saturday, February 1, 2014
The Strange Disappearance of Leeanne Bearden
It seems that each day this story gets stranger.
Josh Bearden, husband of missing Leeanne Bearden said that she left on her own "free will", something that shows the need to persuade or report that it was his will that did not prevail.
"...take your time, Babe." as if permission to be out was needed.
He also said he would "never" and "ever" stop searching for her, without hope displayed within his words. Some people searching for missing persons say that they will search until they have success. A few have told us otherwise. OJ. John Ramsey.
He called for drones and money from the public to pay for a private investigator, yet now, with only $60 in her purse (do you know how much cash is in your wife's purse?), credit cards, and no cell phone, the family says she was "stressed" and has gone for a walk to never return.
Bearden is critical of those who question the story (and his quotes) calling it "hate" while searching the internet.
She has credit cards and without clothing or even a toothbrush, the $60 will not last long. If she uses the credit card, it is instantly known.
There is missing information in this story.
Did Josh and Leeanne have a domestic dispute just prior to her leaving?
Did Leeanne have an elaborate plan (and need) to disappear and elude searchers for this long?
Do they want the public's help, or is any publicity bad publicity?
If I question the repetition of "free will", does it, somehow and some way, hinder search efforts?
If an argument took place, what shame is there in saying, "Hey, we argued and she stormed out, but I'm really worried, so please help get her name and photo out there..."?
Granted, it takes an unusual kind of person to sell one's possessions, and travel the world for two years, but such an adventure takes not only careful planning, but 'on the fly' thinking.
60 bucks and a few credit cards without a woman's personals does not make for careful planning.
If my wife stormed off in an argument, I wouldn't wait four hours to intervene. I'd simply run after her and apologize, no matter who was wrong or right. If she is hurting, I am hurting, but then again, everyone's different. Still...her own "free will"? Really?
Something does not add up in this case.
No one has accused Josh Bearden of murdering his wife, and police have said that they have found no evidence of foul play (it seems like they have found no evidence, period), so there has been no one calling for Bearden to deny involvement, yet, as this story ages, the questions will eventually come, and soon enough, he may just feel the glare of suspicion increase its heat.
Police said that he is not a suspect. I have yet to read to the contrary. No one has, to date, called him a suspect. He is not a suspect but he has sure caught the attention of the public with his statements.
The language suggests an argument took place. When my wife goes for a walk, I have no need to report that it was on her own free will. We all presuppose that anyone going for a walk has chosen to do so on her own. The need to say this, if there were accusations early on, is understandable, but to offer it (and repeat it with emphasis) raises more questions.
This is a strange story and the public has cared enough to look into it and spread the word. People care enough to pray for Leeanne's safety and well being.
There's no reason to be critical of those who dare exercise some discriminatory thought when they hear a strange story. They listen with discernment, something acutely missing from our society today. One ought not to condemn those who's critical thinking rises above bumper-sticker sloganism, or the stratosphere of the Casey Anthony jury.
We've seen fake hate of Charlie Rogers, and a few waitresses who sought to cash in on a lie.
We did our best to believe that someone hacked the account of disgraced former representative Anthony Wiener. We really did. We so very much wanted to believe him.
We've learned from Susan Smith, OJ, the Ramseys, and we've even learned to look past the pleading tears of Scott Peterson, who had a "glorious" marriage to the woman and pre born child he had murdered.
"...take your time, Babe..." uses a term of endearment.
We flag a term of endearment in Statement Analysis, just as we do the phrase, "I love you." Why?
For example, when someone gives a statement and says "I told my kids I love them and kissed them goodnight" it is more indicative of something wrong, then something right.
It is because we all say "goodnight" and "I love you" to our children.
Yet few feel the need to say so publicly, or in a police statement or in an interview when something very pressing, like a missing person, is at hand.
Just using a term of endearment to the press suggests to us the need to portray things as better than they may have been at that moment in time. It actually suggests a dispute. Like the long drawn out "love" post on Facebook to her husband, we've learned to keep the phone numbers of divorce attorneys in our iPhones, just in case. It is the public need of such notice that suggests trouble in paradise.
We've not set up a paypal account to help feed the McCanns yet, but give us time.
We'll come around.
Leeanne Bearden survived for two years traveling the world. This suggests to us a woman of intelligence with the ability to think on her feet. To successfully do so, she would be a woman of planning.
Leaving the home "on her own free will" with $60 in cash, a few credit cards, no cell phone (something we are rarely ever separated from), and no plan of contact suggests something was very wrong.
To survive, she would need either supplies (which she was without) or contacts. After being married to her all these years and alone with her to travel, the husband would know who these contacts are, and confirmation of such would be done in a matter of minutes.
Something is not adding up in this case.
Next up, Behavioral Analysis takes a look at this case.