But this is hitting incredibly close to home. On our way to lunch Wednesday, the ladies and I noticed a missing poster in the windows of every shop in town.
Missing in Mill Valley? What?
Veronica Ruiz has been missing since December 3rd. The last anyone heard, she was going hiking on Mt. Tam. She's 25 years old and gorgeous and loves to hike on the mountain I grew up on. The official search has been called off, but her family and friends are organizing their own.
How do I know this?
Her mother just came into my office, hoping to use it as a base of operations for the volunteers. I am obviously mostly a heartless, irreverent, evil person, but this woman held my hand while my boss frantically tried to set something up. She held my hand and she cried and with the kindest eyes ever, said it's the nights that she worries. It's been raining and dear God, if I was missing, Joanne would be a hysterical psychopath.
I'm in tearful shock, but I just wanted to let anyone around know that there'll be a search tomorrow, led by an independent search and rescue team who are donating their services. If anyone needs details of where and when, please e-mail me and I'll pass all of the information on.
Ugh, this is so sad...