In the days that followed, "Missing" posters were stapled to every telephone pole in town. Megan's face was hung in every shop. Janie had tried her best to stay out of the public, refusing every interview requests and TV appearance. She opted to let Deputy Bain talk to the media.
Deputy Jerry Bain had arrived on the seen first and had taken ownership of the case. Most considered him the sheriff and he probably would have been if not for his loyalty to his 72 year old mentor Sheriff Leroy Wallace. The deputy was bothered for an unknown reason. Something just wasn't adding up but he didn't know what it was.
It didn't take long for the town to start looking at Janie as the main suspect. Smithton was a small quiet town. Janie and Megan had moved into their tiny house less than 18 months ago. Janie had made sure they kept them themselves. She had taken a job at a local antique shop that allowed her to bring Megan to work. Not much was known about her. Rumors and whispers began. Most believed she had a dark secret that she wasn't telling.
Deputy Bain had asked about Megan's father. Janie answered "He got killed in a car wreck." And that was that, nothing else was ask or said about the father. The truth was that Janie did have a deep dark secret but she had no idea that that secret may have been the cause of Megan's disappearance.
to be continued...