I don't know how widespread this news is, but some of you from Wisconsin might have heard about Angela Drake. She's a girl my age that has been missing since late Thursday night. She is from Oregon but went missing from a bar in Madison. She was last seen leaving with a man that she didn't know very well. Her car was left at a bar called the Dry Bean. No one has heard from her since then.
I knew her -- my friend Katie is one of her best friends. I have hung out with her on occasion. I just kind of wanted to share some things about this because it has me upset lately. I wasn't one of Angie's best friends, yet I knew her well enough to know that if she was okay, she would have contacted someone by now. She is a VERY social person, but she's not an "Audrey Seiler," a name some of you might recognize as the girl whose craving for attention drove her to fake her own abduction, and end up owing the Madison Police department a crapload of money. Anyway...
I just know that Angela is not okay. I know she won't be found alive, and I hate to say that. I have to get some confessions out, but it feels really weird. I can't help but thinking that I have always thought of Angie as someone who didn't monitor her alcohol well, and needed to be the center of attention. And I can't help but think that those undesireable qualities got her into this mess. I just hate to think that many people who are too wrapped up in themselves to realize that they could be doing serious damage to themselves...could wind up the same way. I hate thinking so negatively, and of COURSE I hope she is found alive. But the whole situation makes me really wish that people would use her as an example, and be more responsible when drinking. I also wish people would stop thinking that making people attracted to you is more important than dignity or safety.
I feel so sorry for Angie's mom and her sister, who she was very close to. I feel sorry for my friend Katie who has been a wreck all week. This is very close to home -- not only did I know Angela but I used to go to the Dry Bean every Thursday. I've met plenty of new people there. I have prayed about it and I will keep praying until I hear anything else. But I just had to get these feelings off my chest.
Here is an article if anyone wants to read: http://www.channel3000.com/news/5536668/detail.html