Myra has been missing, and it was that she was last seen approximately 11:30AM, but not reported missing until 4PM.
This time period is critical. Myra's father has been reported as having gone out on an all-terrain vehicle to search for her, himself.
This is concerning.
Next, we had the mother's statement which avoided the use of Myra's name, and was missing the pronoun, "I", showing distancing language.
Now, we have a statement of Sheriff Randy Tucker, in which he praises the family for their support. What is the context of it?
Was it in response to a direct challenge by a journalist?
Or, is there another reason for the statement?
Here is a statement from police:
“We continue to follow leads, and we will not give up. It’s been a difficult time, but the family has been extremely supportive of law enforcement and first responders. They love her, they miss her and they need to get her home.”
1. The need to say that a family is supportive is unexpected: this is sensitive. That a family would be anything but supportive is not expected. The praise of them is similar to 'courting' support.
2. The support is described as "extremely", making the support,itself, sensitive.
It may be that police are targeting the family as having knowledge of what happened to Myra, and are using public praise to keep them talking. The family has not reached out to a kidnapper as of yet, and search efforts close to the home are completed.
More statements are needed to draw a conclusion, but the police statement, if not in response to a direct challenge by a journalist, is sensitive.
We’re treating it just as it was reported — she is missing — and that’s how we’re going to pursue it,” he said. “I’ve not specifically received a call that she was taken away from the house.”
How else would they treat it? This is also unnecessary to say, making it doubly important. Unnecessary words, in Statement Analysis, are given careful consideration.
If my child was missing and police complimented me on how "extremely supportive" I had been, I would be angry, at the fact that my child was still missing, and would not appreciate the paternal tone.
Police feel the need to publicly praise this family.