Find Emma

A blog about missing children and adults

Found in the Wilderness

Written By: Abby Mason - Apr• 14•09

As I write this post, Melissa Huckaby, a 28-year-old mother and Sunday School teacher from Tracy, California, has just been charged in the kidnapping, rape, and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu, a playmate of Huckaby’s five-year-old daughter. A child’s murder is unthinkably tragic under any circumstances, but this case horrifies in a very unusual way. We simply do not expect women to commit this kind of crime.

On this sad day I’d like to share an article by Wendy Robards, a search-and-rescue volunteer who, along with her husband and their beloved dog, Caribou, participated in a search for a three-year-old girl named Hanna who was lost in Lassen Volcanic National Park in June of 2003. This is a story with a happy ending. You can read the entire article here.

As we work South, my eyes are continuously scanning for clues. Hanna was wearing a pink shirt when she disappeared and I am looking for snatches of pink amongst the green foliage. We also look for track in the soft ground. Humans cannot pass through a forest, or any environment for that matter, without leaving sign of their passage: a broken stick, a scuff mark on a rock or a signature print of their shoe. Hanna, we have been told, is wearing Winnie-the-Pooh boots with the shape of an acorn and leaf imprinted on the bottom. It will be an easy boot print to identify if we see it.

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  1. Wendy says:

    Michelle Richmond linked me to your site…this is a tragic story (about little Sandra) and all too often these stories end this way. Thank you for linking to my first person account of the search in Lassen Park where there was a good ending…

  2. Wendy says:

    Michelle, now that I have figured out that this is YOUR site *laughing* I thought I’d drop by again and give you this link: The Charley Project…it is a site which profiles cold cases of missing persons.