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April 22nd, 2007
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My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria

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Date:February 10th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
gonna also throw out some additional thoughts about who could take her without her reluctance. What if it was a female or a child who were luring her away? I know the first thought is some dark shady character but this isn't often the case. It sounds more like someone she would either have met and felt comfortable enough with or someone she would see as vulnerable or harmless. An elderly person? a handicapped person?
I haven't come across this on your site so not sure if you have available Matthew, but do you think it would be useful to post a 'snapshot' of where the hotel was located in relation to the internet cafe and any other known locations for your viewers to review and maybe that could spark some more plausible scenarios? It would be a good visual aid nonetheless.
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Date:February 12th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Good thinking.

In general, violent crime is almost always done by men (95% or so, I believe) so that's what we have concentrated on. And given the role of women in a conservative town like Hama, it seemed reasonable to stick with that. Nicole was pretty skeptical. In Egypt, everyone is constantly trying to hit you up for money or con you, and Nicole was quite comfortable with totally ignoring them - I would be surprised if she could be lured like that.

It definitely could have been an older man. Her journals speak of an encounter with a dirty old man while hitchhiking in Lebanon a week earlier. But that only works if he's offering a ride, and she wouldn't have accepted where we think she disappeared.

A visual aid is a good idea. Not sure how I'll put it together, but I'll try and think of something.
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