This is my community. I live less than 5 miles from Memory Grove, where Mark Hacking (<---- unfortunate name) said his wife went jogging.
That's also not far from Federal Heights, where the Ed Smart family lives and their daughter was abducted by a nut in 2002.
I'm sad about the whole thing. It's been everywhere here for two weeks. News, flyers, organized searches; the works. Early in this case it was inferred that this wasn't a typical missing persons case. Mark Hacking is wacked, his lying being the obvious tip of the iceberg.
It bothers me that the guy would allow/invite 3000+ searchers to comb through the canyon he said she was jogging in while knowing the truth. Knowing that they were wasting their time, that there was no abduction or hope of rescue. He knew this was a recovery search from day one. He knew it and allowed his and her family, the searchers and the public to live in hell worrying about her safety.
Regarding his and her parents; all I can say is wow. I'm humbled by their kindness toward each other, the public, the police, the press and especially Mark. Lori's mother said earlier as evidence began to point to Mark and his lies were uncovered that she would always
love him, even if he were involved in the disappearance. The benefit of the doubt she showed him throughout, and her actions since Sunday show she has a peace and perspective on the loss of her daughter.
She said; "My family and I are profoundly anguished to lose Lori, our precious daughter and sister. Our lives will never be the same and we will grieve for her and miss her until the day we die. But when that day finally arrives, we know with absolute certainty that she will be there with open arms to greet us and our reunion will be glorious. Until then, we know where she is and who watches over her."
Read her whole statement here: http://tv.ksl.com/index.php?sid=110305&nid=5
Mark isn't running or hiding. He seems genuinely messed up from all accounts. I feel confident that justice, whatever form it may take, will be served in this case.