When re­lief came to Old Hollow

Rappahannock News - - Comment -

Wow, this brings back bad memories [“When tragedy came call­ing to Old Hollow,” June 27]. While we were all re­lieved when this was over (none more than Ch­eryl Hart), read­ing the au­thor's suc­cinct ac­count of the FBI's role, I would have liked to learn more about their dis­cus­sions with the ab­duc­tor that led them to the fi­nal out­come.

Old Hollow and Swindler Hollow res­i­dents (as well as the en­tire com­mu­nity) were in a state of se­ri­ous con­cern. We knew that this guy was roam­ing around prior to him oc­cu­py­ing the old Lyon home (whose for­mer oc­cu­pants, The Lyons, en­dured a most tragic ex­pe­ri­ence with the [Mary­land] kid­nap­ping and dis­ap­pear­ance of their young girls in 1975 — the mys­tery hav­ing just re­cently re­solved with the con­vic­tion of the ab­duc­tor in 2017).

As I re­call, Ch­eryl Hart sub­se­quently wrote a let­ter to the ed­i­tor of the Rap­pa­han­nock News, thank­ing law en­force­ment and the res­i­dents for their help with this aw­ful tragedy. In­ter­est­ingly, she noted that the lo­cal res­i­dents were lucky to have pos­sessed fam­ily "watch" dogs, which dis­cour­aged the per­pe­tra­tor from break­ing and en­ter­ing other homes in the neigh­bor­hood.

Vin­cent Day


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