UPDATE: The Albany Connection – or lack of one
Posted by thedarwinexception on December 11, 2007
Small update on zombie lady….
I called the police department this morning – and by the way – we have a really great police department. I’ve been in contact with two of the officers now and both of them were caring, eager to get information and follow up and very concerned. Anyway, the desk officer I talked to this morning said that yes, ZL purchased a ticket and got on the bus – but she only got as far as Albany. That’s all the ticket or money she had. Albany is the connecting station to NYC, and she got off the bus there.
Which confuses me.
ZL had said that she HAD a ticket to to the city. She said it cost $55.00. I was under the impression that she already HAD the ticket in her hand. The way the officer said it was that the ticket agent told the officer she only had money to get as far as Albany, implying that she bought the ticket that morning. I don’t get it. And this is where I dropped the ball – Before she left my house that morning I should have said “ZL – Let me see your ticket” and made SURE that she either already had the ticket ALL THE WAY TO NYC or that she had enough money so that she could buy a ticket all the way to NYC. My fault and I feel so guilty for not checking this out before she left. Now I feel like I am the one who threw her out into the wind.
But the police know she got on a bus to Albany – they lose her there.
Which is good – at least I’m not the last person to see her alive anymore.
But it’s bad because now she’s wandering around fucking Albany with no money and no resources. Paul said maybe she’s walking to NYC, but I can’t believe anyone could do that. Or that maybe her bank has a branch in Albany, which could very well be, but why would she say she was going to NYC because her bank is THERE? Why didn’t she just intend all along to go to Albany? The police officer said that there are more homeless shelters and traveler resources there than there would be here – and she’s probably staying in one of their free facilities, because in Albany things like hostels would be free.
The police officer also said that at this point she’s not *Officially* a missing person, because her son didn’t want to go that far – the son told the police officer he and his mother have very, very little contact. I asked if I could declare her a missing person, and the police officer said yes, if there were no developments in a couple of days that I could do that.
I really like our police department. He made me feel better, like he cared and was interested and he understood my concern.
So there’s one good thing about Malone – we have a great police department.