When adults walk away, it's wrenching but not illegal

  • Article by: CHAO XIONG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 18, 2012 - 9:47 PM

Worrisome as it is for families when a person goes missing, police options can be limited.

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hnnr03Mar. 18, 1210:32 PM

My heart,compassion and sympathy for any family with a missing family member...there is no closure intil there is an answer.

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gophfan10101Mar. 19, 12 5:33 AM

I saw a documentery on 9-11 on The History Channel or somewhere like that. They said that as many as a handfull of people used that as an opportunity to just walk away from their lives. Just walked out of the buildings after the planes hit and before they fell and just kept walking. Weird deal.

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ziggymMar. 19, 12 6:04 AM

While it's certainly true that some people just walk away, there doesn't seem to be any evidence that David Wandtke or many like him did. To not even investigate that there might be foul play seems rather arcane. Maybe they did and I missed it in the article.

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carl12345Mar. 19, 12 7:07 AM

Anything is possible, but without evidence of otherwise, families need to know what happens to those they love. Without evidence, how do we know the lost is not hurt, has come to harm, is or is not here (alive). Sometimes I understand why someone would go missing,it's not always easy to find what you need where you are, but ironically you would still be lost if you left it.

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samiamMar. 19, 12 7:19 AM

Not illegal to just walk away but have the decency to leave a note even if you don't care about your family let law enforcement focus resources where they are needed and keep yourself off the news which should be beneficial if you are really trying to go off the grid.

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ds72151Mar. 19, 12 8:34 AM

Around 1960 my father disappeared after he and my mother divorced. I was 8 at the time. Lived my life assuming that he was dead when the idea that he would suddenly reappear faded as a child. In the early 1990's found out he lived another 26 years in California and died in 1986. I cannot begin to describe how that made me feel. Anyone possibly considering this, don't, for the sake of your loved ones. Do what you have to do the right way.

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JohnWFAMar. 19, 12 9:50 AM

He was free man - legal to change his life. The "not illegal" makes an attractive headline - it appeals to those who want the man for their own reasons, not his. Crude opinion? yeah, but reality.

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PicklesMar. 19, 12 9:59 AM

This story is disjointed and difficult to follow. Title doesn't match the content. There is no mention of any evidence that the individuals in the story had simply walked out on their own. Aggressive editing perhaps? It is sad to think that they may have been victims of foul play and are being treated as though they just walked away.

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campingdudeMar. 19, 1210:13 AM

If I were to leave my family, I would pay most of the money I make to my wife, for child support and such. If I dont pay, they will come after me with the fury of hell. How Is it not illegal to walk away from a family? Or isa this the "get off cheap" loophole we have been looking for

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pobamaMar. 19, 1210:13 AM

Great Book: "How to Dissapear and Never Be Found".

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