Article about Madison kidnappings. I can’t recall this case for some reason. Perhaps it was one we didn’t see. I find it interesting that Reid was the one on the phone with the police and he was the one who looked over the case file and was given most of the credit.
FBI ‘Crucial’ in Finding Madison Child Killer
By Stanley Hartdale
Four children were dead. A fifth had gone missing. The small town of Madison locked all its doors, windows and even cancelled little league games.
The Sheriff was exhausted. The Deputies were stressed and at a loss for things to say to members of the community who just wanted to know when they’re children would be safe again.
”I called in the FBI because I felt I had done everything within my own abilities to put an end to all this,” said Sheriff Donalds.
”When our help on the case was requested I was handed the file so that I could do a routine assessment of the case,” said Supervisory Special Agent Spencer Reid. “It became clear to me, about half way through the file: this was a serial and it wasn’t going to stop any time soon. So we came out to Madison and we were able to help.”
Help indeed. Before they were even here, Agent Reid was on the phone with Sheriff Donalds warning him of another abduction. Sure enough, about an hour later he received a call that another child had gone missing. Normol protocol was thrown out the door.
”Normally we wait a few hours, but given the prior kidnappings and the advice from Agent Reid we were on teh case immediately. He gave us ideas of how to differentiate a missing child from one who had just wandered off for a few hours. By the time they got here, they were half way to solving the case.”
The parents of the recovered child, who asked to remain anonymous, expressed their gratitude to Agent Reid and his team. “Without you we would be lost without our child.”
Agent Reid dismissed their thanks amiably, adding, “It’s our job to help when we see fit. This was one of those times the threat was imminent and we acted. It’s a win for us.”