Friday, August 25, 2006
At Magnolia Crossing is a juniper tree. It bends gently in the wind, its scent filling the air. It is not an unpleasant smell, although mysterious.
People say that Evaline Muldrow disappeared at Magnolia Crossing. The last to see her alive remember passing her as she thumbed for a ride on the dark deserted road. She carried a satchel, her coat slung over her arm in the warm autumn evening. Folks said she appeared to be going somewhere fast. There was a sense of urgency as she tried to wave down oncoming automobiles. The handful of eyewitness reports in her file attest to the fact.
You see, Evaline Muldrow wanted to disappear. Call it a bad marriage. Call it second thoughts. Call it a runaway child bride. The investigation did not last long. She simply disappeared. A lack of man-hours in the police department did nothing to help the situation. The case was closed. Some say prematurely. Some say not.
At Magnolia Crossing is a juniper tree. A disturbance of the roots caused the tree to yellow in the summer after Evaline's disappearance. The tree recovered. It now bends gently in the wind, its scent filling the air. It is not an unpleasant smell, although mysterious.