My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria - The Beginning Of My Ascendance — LiveJournal
My Sister, Nicole Vienneau, Has Gone Missing in Syria|
|Date:||February 25th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC)|| |
Just read the latest update, did you check the Nicole's room door to see if it was scuffed/new lock/damage around the lock - it would give you an idea if the door was forced open.
So the scenarios are that she was either taken from her room (part of an assault/robbery) or left the room (no video camera in the lift/stairwells or hotel) and was taken outside?
I've been reading your frustrations with the Syrian police, so would suggest this...I think you need to get the hotel involved and let them do local investigation until they find her.
The hotel wouldn't want to be seen as an unsafe place where people could be taken/killed/robbed and any bad press from you would effect them greatly...don't take up too much responsibility and let others do the hard work...
|Date:||March 3rd, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Door Idea
We did check for damage around the door as well as whether the door was new. Gary and I both looked when we were in Syria in July 2007. Gary subsequently took pictures of the door.
The Hotel has not been particularly helpful. For example, they knew she was missing for a month but didn't do much more than supposedly report it to the police, though they have reasons for that (don't stick your nose into things).
|Date:||March 5th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Door Idea
..so could you get them more involved as their involvement/co-operation has been unacceptable and you've nothing to lose. When I search for the hotel online, I don't come across Nicole's story...perhaps people should know about this hotel...
The simple explaination is probably poor hotel management, people not logging who arrived and left as well as people not being at the front desk. She obviously didn't vanish, so working on the assumption she was taken from the hotel directly is a place to start since that's where she was last seen. If all leads don't work out, then follow the idea she was taken outside first.
Of course this is basic thinking, but to think simply and focus on something directly might help alot.
Think of her being in the room, were the windows open (what's outside the window), what looks new in the room (broken/replaced?), stairs access, videocameras, cameras outside the hotel...
|Date:||March 8th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)|| |
Re: Door Idea
We've recently re-reviewed all of our photos from Nicole's room. It may be something to post the next time I update. When I was in Hama I checked for street video cameras but except for a nearby bank (which wasn't able to help - the police asked), there was nothing. We have reviewed the various access points and scenarios and nothing has leaped out at us so far. The scenario that may work is someone with a key opened the door (no inside deadbolt) and subdued her quickly enough that no one noticed the noise.
At this point the most likely scenario is that she was taken from the hotel directly, or somehow convinced to get in a vehicle right after she left the hotel.