Saturday, June 23, 2007

This strike anyone else as more than a bit odd

This hit the news a couple of days ago:

California Jesuit Priest, Long-Time Friend, Missing in Oregon
Salem-News.com
The pair was traveling together in a 2005 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan, maroon in color, bearing California license plates 5MKN560.
Police in Oregon are seeking information on the whereabouts of 52-year-old David Schwartz and 61-year-old Cheryl Gibbs. Photo: Portland Police
(PORTLAND, Ore. ) - On June 19th, Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau Missing Persons Unit received information from law enforcement in California seeking information on the whereabouts of 52-year-old David Schwartz and 61-year-old Cheryl Gibbs.
Both are long time friends last seen traveling together in Portland on Thursday, June 7th.
David Schwartz is a Jesuit Priest who resides in Orange County, California and Cheryl Gibbs is a longtime governmental employee who resides in Alameda County, California. The two are described as long-time friends of over 20 years.
Through investigation, Portland Police detectives have confirmed the pair was last seen at a local hotel on June 7th.
They never arrived to any of their subsequent scheduled lodging reservations, did not arrive home as planned and have not been seen or heard from since. Family and friends report neither has a history of being out of contact or failing to show up to their respective jobs.
Their whereabouts are currently unknown and investigators have no evidence they left the Portland area. There is no evidence of foul play. Schwartz is described as a white male, 52 years old, 5’9", 145 pounds, balding on top with short brown hair and blue eyes. He may be wearing glasses.
Gibbs is described as a white female, 61 years old, 5’8", 200 pounds, with short, reddish-brown hair and green eyes. She wears wire-rimmed glasses.
They were traveling together in a 2005 Toyota Corolla 4-door sedan, maroon in color, bearing California license plates 5MKN560. The vehicle is currently missing.
Anyone with information is asked to call 9-1-1 or contact the Portland Police Missing Persons Detective Mike Weinstein, Portland Police Bureau, Missing Persons Unit at (503) 823-0446.


What is a priest doing travelling alone with a woman who is not his close relative? Even if nothing sinful is going on, it is not horribly prudent. In any case, pray that they are found alive and well.
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