On July 4, 2014, Susan Bachman, a woman from Centre County, PA jumped out of a moving vehicle off route I-80 when she was being transported by her parents to a psychiatric hospital appointment. She then fled into the woods, and a five-hour search and rescue effort by the state police failed to find her.
The family has taken multiple steps and received broad community support in their efforts to find Susan. Three national outdoor advertising companies donated space on their digital billboards. The family engaged a specialist search-and-rescue canine team to do a second search of the area. The family received the help of several national truck stop chains in spreading the word.
They had no news until last week. A security guard at a Pilot Flying J in Lake Station, IN received the flyer in early August and recognized Susan as a woman who had created a disturbance at his location on July 11. This woman appeared sober but was delusional, claiming that the location was supposed to be shut down because all the people there had been murdered four years earlier. At the time, the security guard escorted the woman off the property. When he saw the flyer and learned that she was a missing person, he immediately reported the sighting to Pennsylvania State Police, who then informed the family.
This is the first and only confirmed sighting of Susan since she disappeared. Thinking this may be the last chance to find their daughter, Bill and Nancy, both in their 70s, have embarked on a journey on I-80 to post up flyers and to encourage others to do the same. They will be interviewed by a radio program in Reno tomorrow.
The family is documenting their journey and their efforts via a webpage, Facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest, and vine.
Links to all these are on their website:
Their website has received over 80,000 views and their Facebook page has around 1300 followers.
I think your news audience might be interested in hearing about this family’s efforts and I know they are available for interviews. They have been interviewed by local TV news stations in Iowa, Nebraska, and Wyoming. Also Wyoming newspaper & Utah public Radio are covering their story. As they pass through I-80, they will be stopping at rest stops and truck stops, posting the Missing flyer and asking the public to help spread awareness.
I encourage you to contact them at email@example.com or via their various social media pages. Also please share to your followers or email list.