For 10 years, Connie McCallister's family held out hope that the Wisconsin honor student, who was just 16 when she went missing, was alive and would return home. Although she was dating an older man at the time and it was suspected that she ran off with him, her family wasn't convinced she would just take off and leave them behind without a care in the world. They were right. And at least one part of their wish has been fulfilled -- Connie was found living in Mexico with her husband and three young children. But all is not well. Connie is reportedly desperate to return to the United States, but terrified to do so. And the details behind her insane and heartbreaking story help us understand why it isn't so easy for her to just drop everything and leave Mexico.
Connie reportedly approached a church missionary in Mexico a few months ago and has been in contact with a family member since. According to her relative, the young woman says she was drugged by her then boyfriend, who was reportedly wanted at the time on first-degree charges of sexual assault of a 12-year-old child. The 22-year-old man took the teen to Mexico, where he continually abused her and prevented her from escaping.
The exact details of what happened to her are still a mystery, but we do know that Connie was beaten so badly at one point that she had to be hospitalized. At the clinic she was able to adopt a new identity and escape her abuser. She eventually met her current husband and the couple has three kids, ages 3, 5, and 7.
My first thought was: oh man, I would have called home the second I reached the hospital. Called the U.S. Embassy. Gotten the hell out of there. But I think that's a really simple way to look at this awful and twisted situation. Connie was probably so terrorized by her experiences in Mexico with her horrible boyfriend that she was absolutely petrified to confide in anyone or try to make contact with family. We have to remember how young she was -- barely out of her teens. She was living in a foreign country and might not have even been able to communicate well in Spanish at that point.
It may have taken several years for Connie to get past the fear she had in order to approach and confide in a missionary. I hope she can be reunited with her family and that the man who did this to her receives the punishment he deserves for stripping a young girl of her life.
What are your thoughts on this crazy and heartbreaking case?
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