Choosing photos of Lorena from the family albums, Vernon and Helen drove to the Police Department, late October 14th. Inside, Vernon noticed the chief speaking with Sheriff Brown. Vernon handed Chief Barstow three nude photographs of his stepdaughter, taken at the tender age of thirteen. After a few seconds, the chief passed the photos onto the Sheriff.
Flabbergasted, the lanky, wavy-haired sheriff squinted his green eyes at Vernon and asked, “Why do you give us nude pictures of your step-daughter?”
“These show Lorena’s true beauty. They’re her legacy for her children and grandchildren,” said the self-employed carpenter beaming with pride.
Alerted by the odd answer, the chief said, “Folks, we need to ask you a few questions.” He escorted the couple into one of the interrogation rooms. “Someone will be with you in a few minutes.”