First and foremost I want to thank everyone for remembering Heidi, her friends, family, and our community for the past twenty-four plus years. Gary Thibodeau’s passing doesn’t change our focus or hope, our goal and prayer today is the same as it was on April 3, 1994 – to answer my mom’s question, “Where’s Heidi?”
It’s a bittersweet day in that the man convicted of kidnapping and death of Heidi took her whereabouts to his grave with him, this is saddening yet the part that makes it bittersweet is knowing the unexpected media, law enforcement, and DA contacts will minimize greatly, allowing Heidi’s family and friends to relax and not worry when the next call will be.
I pray someone else knows where Heidi is and reaches out to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and brings Heidi home. On the flip side, I won’t miss the hearings and sitting in court rooms, we won’t miss the victimization each time new hearsay and drama unfold. The positive is Heidi’s disappearance was in the forefront and more people know of her kidnapping today then a few years ago.
We are not celebrating; we remain hopeful and vigilant that we’ll know where Heidi is one day. My mother passed away not knowing, I only pray my father doesn’t have to take his last breath not knowing too. I will always hold out hope for Heidi and her return. One family lost a loved one today, our family lost one to kidnapping; 8,898 days (24 years, 4 months, & 10 days) ago…there is no call for celebration only for increased prayer and hope for Heidi, and all our missing to be returned to their family and friends.
Thank you for remembering Heidi,
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323