2014 started with emotions on high as our family, friends, and community rallied on April 3, the 20th anniversary of Heidi Allen's kidnapping, at the New Haven Fire Station. The very location we gathered two decades earlier. The mission, goal, and hope the same...to find Heidi.
Spring turned to summer and while hope never waived, as with any open missing person/child case, new information and court filings happen. This past July wasn't our family's first experience with waiting to hear or to learn of a filed motion yet the tone in which we, our family, friends, and community were notified intensified the stress, reaction, and effect.
Yesterday, January 12, 2015, a hearing started, to hear from the defense and DA in response to the paperwork filed last summer. I don't know how long this process will take yet I see, understand, and know the toll its taking on me, my parents, our entire family, Heidi's friends, and the community who love and remember Heidi. We find ourselves searching for ways to encourage each other, and all of you who remember Heidi so fondly and continue to pray for her return.
One way we unite and share hope is to wear orange, the color chosen by my parents in 1994, to represent "Hope for Heidi". Some messaged or told me, "I'm wearing my button from twenty years ago, thinking of you and the family." Others said they planned to wear orange each day of the hearing to show their support and as a way of encouraging the family. My peeps at school, are wearing orange this week as a silent way to encourage me throughout the day.
Lisa M Buske
P.O. Box 323