From: L.W. Thompson lwthomp@indwes.edu
Date: Fri Apr 28, 2000 9:53am
Subject: Search for Barbie Day 4

This morning, I got up at 6:00 and headed for the Park again with Beasley. I checked near my tshirt, and saw no evidence of Barbie. Beasley and I spent the next hour tramping through the woods, tripping over branches and crunching through leaves and twigs calling, calling calling.

Barbie is nowhere to be found in that area -- at least she's not answering when I call. I'll have to bring a few more dirty socks to add to the attractive aroma when I re-check later today.

When I returned home, I got dressed for work, and nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard a knock at the door. Unfortunately, it wasn't someone returning Barbie, instead it was the guys from Lowes picking up some doors that I had ready to send back.

I called the local hunting supplies store, and talked with a man there. He gave me the name of another hunting guy, and I talked with him on the phone. He's not seen Barbie, but thinks that she surely should be in the area trying to get back home. He says he'll keep an eye out for her though.

Just a few minutes ago, I called the local school system main office (after calling a number of local elementary schools and hearing the same litany "you need to call the main office") The people there were singularly unhelpful. They claim that they don't engage in "this type of activity". Well, what exactly *do* they engage in? I lost it. I asked the woman if they would help if I was searching for a *human* daughter, why they wouldn't help me find Barbie -- she just repeated her previous statement about "not engaging in this type of activity".

Well, I think I'll print out a bunch of flyers and go after hours and tape the flyers up anyway -- it's not like they can stop me from taping things up on the outside of the school, and even if they take the flyers down some students are bound to see them first.

I called the state police, and they took my information, but they seemed to kind of think I was a bit silly to ask them to keep their eyes open for Barbie. The local police were much more helpful. Maybe I just talked to a nicer person at the local police station.

The local obedience training club hasn't contacted me back about possibly trying to track Barbie, but I still have hope that someone will call.

Packages of items I had ordered specially with Barbie in mind *before* her disappearance are arriving, and it drives me crazy to open boxes from Pets.com and see the tennis balls and toys I had ordered for Barbie during the "2 for 1" special promotion. Beasley doesn't really care about stuffed toys or tennis balls, so they just sit waiting for Barbie's return.

Watching, Waiting, Calling, Hoping,
Leann & Beasley
Missing Barbie and praying for her return.

HELP BRING BARBIE BACK HOME: http://www.geocities.com/coldwaterbeagles/Barb.html

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