[Note: As of June, 2005, I had located Amanda again]
I tried to find Amanda again. Just another search with 800-US-SEARCH. This time an “Exhaustive Super Search” into which I put the only address I have been able to confirm she lived at since I lost her, here in the valley. The last time I ran a search for her, 6 months ago or more, I did a “Simple Search” and was rewarded with two old addresses in Oregon and a mis-spelled address that was the address in town that when I added an “n” in just the right place I found a place she had actually been. I had to ride my bike across town to verify that the re-spelled location was correct, but it was. The resident at the time seemed all too glad that she and her brother were gone and didn’t seem to care where they might have gone. So, I waited another 6 months before trying again.
I was rewarded, for my “Exhaustive Super Search” which promised to give me information such as:
– Current and Previous Addresses Going Back 10 Years
– Phone Numbers (Listed)
– Possible Aliases
– Relatives, Roommates, Family Members, Spouses at same address
– Possible Neighbors
– Deceased Search (Name, Date of Birth, Date Deceased)
– Bankruptcies, Civil Judgments (Lawsuits), Tax Liens
– Real Property Value (Assessment)
– Expert Specialists Analyze and Run Your Search to Get You the Best Possible Results
– An Easy to Read E-mail Report within 24 Hours
with the same exact three addresses I got 6 months ago. I guess she hasn’t reported any other addresses to … anyone … in the last 6 months (though it was indicated to me that she had been gone at least that long by the resident at her last confirmed address). Also, there are no phone numbers for these addresses, no possible aliases, no relatives, roommates, family members, or spouses that lived with her (though I clearly know this is not true; some of the people she was living with in town are still there), and she’s never had any neighbors. Luckily, she’s not dead yet, bankrupt, or in trouble with the law. She doesn’t seem to own a home, either. Expert Specialists my ass.
If the fields had been available on the search info form, I could have given them 100% of the results they gave me, since I already had them. For less money. 6 months ago. (Heck, I don’t have the email around anymore, but I think the search I ran last summer (I do this about once every six months since 1997 and until I locate her) may have given me the two addresses in Oregon (that don’t seem to have anyone at them right now. At least not anyone who responds to hand-written snail mail. Gha!) So I gave them a call and talked to a customer service agent who was glad to assist me with my search and actually led me along pretty effectively, giving me a list of about 2 dozen addresses.
These addresses are of people with the same or similar name/age as Amanda, or who have the same or similar name/age to her brother/mother in Arizona and Oregon. Also, people with the name Amanda with her birthday who have lived in AZ or OR recently. (Did you know that there are at least two people with the name Amanda R. King, born on the same day, who lived in or near Eugene, OR in 1996 and 1997? I did, long ago. I spoke to one. Not the one I wanted to, but hey.) Amandas with different last names, and Sandras with different last names who are old enough to be Amanda’s mother who lived in the same places as Amanda. Now all I have to do is compose a letter to send to each address (none of them has a valid listed phone number) and hope that maybe I can get a response.
Maybe I should include SASE’s this time. Maybe cash will convince people to respond. The last time I sent out letters to addresses that MAY have been her, I included my physical address, email address and two phone numbers and a fax number to reach me at, but did not get one response. Nor did I get one “Return[ed] to Sender”. So, they arrived, but nothing was done with them. Oh well. I’ll keep trying. What else can I do? This has gone on too long to give up without some sort of resolution.
Heck, I think I’ve spent far more on her since the last time I ever saw her than I did before that. And as long as I can’t find her (or her death certificate), I think I’ll keep spending my time and money and emotion on trying to locate her. At this point I have no idea what I’d do with her if I did find her, but I’m sure I’ll think of something.