Blurb: When thirteen year old Cindy Buford, never comes home, it becomes a twenty year search for her and the person who took her. This story deals with parental love and the dedication of one team of investigators who kept hope alive one family and ended the reign of one man’s twisted love.
Excerpt: When a frantic thirty-six-year-old Frank Buford drove to the police station to report his thirteen-year-old daughter demising, little did the father of three realize she is already dead and buried.
The brown-haired man with the thick mustache, built like a lumberjack, recalled how the middle-aged and pleasantly plumb dispatcher looked up at him with the blank look, and quietly said. “Has your daughter been missing for at least twenty-dour hours?”
He told her “no,” and she non-chalantly told him the girl is probable hanging out with friends and would return home shortly. She then returned to her snack. When he told her, he and his older daughter and ex-wife, contacted everyone the young girl knew, the dispatcher shrugged her shoulders while washing her sandwich down with a soda.
Frank felt his antiquity turning to anger at this arrogant non-caring person who took his dilemma with a grain of salt. He again asked her to allow him to make an official report. She said “no exceptions,” then closed the window. The desperate father turned and left.
Frank returned after the required amount of time expired. The dispatcher turned the report over to the missing persons Detectives, fifty-three-year-old Don Robers. A stout seasoned cop with twenty-eight-years under his belt. Happily married to his wife of twenty-six years, the dark-eyed poker player was familiar with frantic parents. He also knew most children Cindy Buford’s age were rebellious and probably hiding at a friend’s house. He believed she would return home as soon as she thought her parents understood her or bought her that new album by Madonna or Cindy Lauper, so many youngsters Cindy’s age was crazy over.
Don’s helper and sidekick was the twenty-seven-year-old tall handsome Derek Sparks. He was fresh from police academy and eager to sink his teeth into a meaty case. He eagerly accepted his minor role in this game of cat and mouse he called law enforcement.
Within minutes, the men are at the front door of the Buford residence. Once inside they sat with the anxious family. Thirty-five-year-old ex-wife Gladys was also present. She and Frank, a construction worker, had been divorced for two years. It was an amicable severing of the marriage, with Frank getting custody of the couple’s three children. Gladys lived only a few blocks away, and saw her kids frequently. After the detectives sat, Don got to the point.
Author Bio: JoAnne is a cross genre author. She also canvas paints and writes naughty song lyrics. She has 7 additional books coming soon. Her website is www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com JoAnne welcomes author guests.