By Ralph Hipp
In the newsroom, we anticipate the worst, but can't report anything on missing persons cases until we know the facts. We were almost certain after Alicia DeBolt had been reported missing, and the call came in hours later of a burned body found in Great Bend.. that the disappearance case would turn into her murder case.
On Thursday, the confirmation came from Attorney General Steve Six that the body discovered Tuesday, was Alicia's. Burned beyond recognition, the autopsy had to be done by state experts in Wichita to move the tragedy to the next phase.
Wearing a KU sweatshirt and cutoff blue jeans shorts, the 14 year old Great Bend girl got into a dark-colored SUV with a 19 year old taking her to a party on Saturday night.
Does any of this make sense to you as a parent?
Viewers writing in to comment on our blogs are asking, "where were her parent(s) in all this?" If you are writing in from Great Bend and know the family, I hope you can shed some light on how the murder of 14-year old Alicia DeBolt could have possibly taken place. For me personally, it is another very sad case of announcing on the news that Kansas has lost another girl, just entering her freshman year of high school at Great Bend; who has lost the promise of an education, a marriage, a family and a career all in the short span of two days in which we let her get away from us through the heinous act of a killer. Please share your information with local authorities if you can help them find Alicia's killer. And let us all learn the lesson that we, as parents, have to crash into our children's lives to protect them. I welcome your comments. Ralph