The Miracles of the Missing

By Ralph Hipp

We all hope you had the chance Monday night to watch KTWU's excellent effort to solve two "Capital Cold Cases."  The half-hour Crimestoppers program aired August 2nd on Channel 11, and we picked up the ball August 9th.  Below is the list, just released today, of at least 17 more airings of the special on WIBW-TV and MyTV, cable 11.   WIBW joins in the hope that someone, somewhere here in Topeka will remember something about the slaying of Tirell Ocobock, or the 1981 disappearance of 5-year old Jackie Hay from her home in Southwest Topeka.

In chatting with Olen Hay, Jackie's dad, after the Crimestoppers banquet on July 28th (where the show premiered to a huge audience at the Ramada) I reminded the Hay family that Jaycee Dugard vanished in California the same year Jackie was apparently abducted.  And look what happened in that case.  She was eventually found alive, living in the tented-over backyard of her longtime captor.

Then take a look at last month's case of 58-year old Larry Schnackenberg of Lenexa.  Gone without a trace, his SUV, carkeys, wallets and laptop computer were all found in the vehicle he left behind at Shawnee Mission Park, between 87th and Midland Drive in Lenexa.  His daughter's July wedding to Topeka D.J. Schepker was called off.  Where was he?

He had been in the park the entire time.. all three weeks.. staying in an overheated shed in the park in this summer heat, seriously dehydrated and disoriented.. but alive.  A miracle.  He is just another "miracle of the missing" that we should all pray for in Jackie's case, and for her still-grieving family.  We have to hold on to the hope that Jackie may be out there, somewhere.

Please watch the special again, and again.  Please call if you have any information as insignificant as you think it may be, which could help us find her.  Here are the dates and times we will air "Capital Cold Cases" again on MyTV and Channel 13.  Thank you.

On MyTV, Cable 11:

Aug 10 at 9:30pm

Aug 11 at 11pm

Aug 12 at 11pm

Aug 14 at 9pm

Aug 16 at 9:30pm

Aug 17 at 9:30pm

Aug 20 at 11pm

Aug 21 at 4pm

Aug 23 at 9:30pm

Aug 24 at 9:30pm

Aug 26 at 11pm

Aug 28 at 9:30pm

AND if you missed it there, it will also air on WIBW-TV on these dates and times:

Aug 15 at 11am

Aug 17 12:35am

Aug 20 12:35am

Aug 21 at 9:30pm

Aug 29 at 6am

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