Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Where is Wade?
We saw this picture all over TV and the web when Wade Steffey first disappeared, on January 13.
He still has not been found.
Is he in the Wabash River? A lot of other young college men who disappear seem to turn up in rivers that flow through their campuses. Especially in the Midwest. I wonder why that is. There are rivers flowing through many college towns, and many college guys get very drunk. The usual explanation of the phenomenon is that the men have got drunk and fallen in the river. Different colleges, different rivers, different men. One result: death.
It's enough to make a parent want their son to go to college close to home. Or, go to a college in a desert town without a river flowing through it.
This beautiful 19-year-old boy is a freshman. It is his first year in college. He has a history of good grades, and he is an athlete. His friends who were with him before he disappeared say he was not drunk. There is nothing about this boy that says he would just run off. something has happened to Wade Steffey. I hope it's not permanent.