When a child goes missing, it is expected that the parents' concern will be upon the victim; the child.
Language will reflect the child's age, vulnerability, the quality of the relationship, the time missing and any possible information police may have shared. Also, the language of a father will differ from the language of a mother.
A singular point: the parent is going to care for the victim; not for self. Mark Hanschen, analyst, pointed out this small sample.
Noticable departures include the McCanns' narcissistic self pity, over missing Madeleine McCann, and father of Baby Ayla Reynolds, Justin DiPietro. DiPietro spoke about his "emotional" state while offering no linguistic empathy for the victim.
In both the above cases, Deception Indicated was conclusive. Both knew of the victim's death and both placed emphasis upon their own well being.
Mollie went missing 2 weeks ago.
Here are some quotes from Rob Tibbets, Mollie's father.
“It doesn’t matter what we’re going through; we just need people to think — because somebody knows something and they don’t even know it’s important. We can get Mollie back; we just have to have somebody call.”
The dependent word "just" compares all else to one singular important issue. The author may have rebuked the journalist about "how are you coping?" ingratiation question and went to his priority.
The language shows that the author believes that someone saw something, likely innocuous, and needs to "only" ("just") think and make a call. This means to separate via comparison all other thoughts. It is consistent with the oft heard advice: "you may have seen something that you did not consider important. Anything, no matter how small, may be vital."
The word "we" may be he and his wife (family) or it may be that he is now, (13 days in) aligned with police.
Mollie Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, went on an evening run almost two weeks ago and has not been seen since, authorities said.
Dozens of volunteers and investigators from federal, state and local agencies have scoured ditches, cornfields, empty buildings and pig farms in the small Iowa town of Brooklyn, population of nearly 1,500, searching for the young woman.
If he was asked how he or his family is holding up, his focus is singular:
“What we need is for people to tell their friends and neighbors that if they saw anything that seemed even remotely out of the ordinary to call the authorities, and they will run that down. The authorities have told us again and again and again that all the similar cases like this are always solved by some tip.”
Last week, investigators said they hope data from a Fitbit that Mollie Tibbetts was wearing when she disappeared, as well as her cellphone and social media accounts, will help them find her. But authorities have remained tight-lipped about what data they have gathered.
Rick Rahn, a special agent in charge at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, said investigators have a “pretty tight timeline” of Tibbetts’s activities before she disappeared, but he said he can’t release any information at this time.
Citing information from family members, CBS affiliate KCCI reported that Tibbetts, who was dog-sitting at her boyfriend’s home, might have come back to the house after her run on the evening of July 18 and may have been doing homework on her computer late that night. Rahn said he’s aware of the KCCI report, but he declined to comment further.
Her last known communication was a Snapchat photo she sent to her boyfriend that night, the Des Moines Register reported. Dalton Jack, who was out of town, said the photo looked as if it was taken indoors, but he couldn’t remember the caption. The following day, Tibbetts didn’t show up to work at a day-care center and didn’t reply to Jack’s “good morning” text message.
Several media outlets have reported that Jack and Tibbetts’s family members aren’t considered suspects. Rahn said he cannot comment on who is and isn’t a suspect.
The day after his daughter disappeared, Rob Tibbetts said, 400 people formed a “spontaneous search effort.”
“I think it’s just because this community knows Mollie, they love Mollie, and I think the rest of the country is starting to understand who she is, too,” he said.