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According to eyewitnesses, the three children left the beach around 10:15 A.M. They were then seen at 11:00 A.M. by an elderly woman who spotted them playing under a sprinkler. But someone else was also present: a lean, blond man in a blue bathing suit. He was first lying belly down, watching the Beaumont children play. Fifteen minutes later, the mystery man was playing with them.
At around 11:45 A.M. the children were seen buying snacks at a cake shop using a £1 bill. This would be the first clue that something was amiss—the children hadn’t left the house with that much money. Someone must’ve given it to them.
The final sighting came from a local postman who knew the children well. He said he spotted the Beaumont children around 3:00 P.M., walking alone and away from the beach on Jetty Road. The children seemed happy on their stroll; they even stopped to say hello.
One day, at noon, Jim Rabbitt and Jay Feldstein, two of the lawyers, arrived back at their office after a meeting. According to Jim Rabbitt:
"Jay and I came back from downtown, got to the door and the lights were on, the door was locked. We unlocked the door, went inside, yelled for Cindy and there was no answer. I started to look around out front. Cindy, when she would leave, would place the phones on hold and that wasn't done either."
Jim Rabbitt said that Cindy had left her romance novel open to the only violent scene in the book, where the heroine is abducted at knifepoint:
"It wasn't until really looking at the book, particularly reading the passage in the novel, that I had a sickening feeling that something was wrong."
Cindy was never seen again. There was no body, no farewell letter, no hint where she had gone, or why she had disappeared. Were Cindy's dreams premonitions of a terrible fate? Or, were they just a coincidence?
Shortly afterwards, O'Bryant recalls hearing Asha's bed squeak. He did not further rouse himself as he assumed she was merely changing positions in her sleep. Apparently around this time, Asha got out of bed, taking a bookbag she had previously packed with several sets of clothes and personal items, and left the house. Between 3:45 and 4:15 a.m., two drivers would later recall seeing her walk south along Highway 18, wearing a long-sleeved white T-shirt and white pants, just north of its junction with Highway 180.
One witness reported seeing her at about 4 a.m., and said that he turned his car around because he thought it was "strange such a small child would be out by herself at that hour". He circled three times and saw Degree run into the woods by the roadside and disappear. It was a rainy night, and the witness said there was a "storm raging" when he saw her
It was hard to believe that Korrina, a devoted mother, would leave her children, but the town barely had time to recover when nearly a year later, there was another disappearance.
On October 4, 1988, Annette Sagers was waiting at the bus stop just outside the entrance of Mount Holly Plantation—the same spot her mother disappeared from.
A bus driver drove past Annette’s stop at 7 am and reported seeing her waiting for her school bus with her dog. At 7:20 am, Annette’s bus arrived but no one was there.
Her stepfather Stephen did not know Annette had disappeared until the afternoon, when she didn’t come home from school. He called the police, telling them he’d found a note at the bus stop.
It read “Dad, momma came back. Give the boys a hug.” The boys she referred to were her brothers.
That's interesting. Might be worth looking into.
originally posted by: Lolliek
Korrina and Annette lived in my neck of the woods! The link you gave says the boys never stopped looking. I wonder if they are still here? The husband relinquished his parental rights to the boys right after the daughter's disappearance. Hmmmmm.
Thanks for posting this. Nice to see something different!