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Newsweek ^ | February 18, 2002 | Jamie Reno and Ana Figueroa

Posted on 02/18/2002 9:32:13 AM PST by FresnoDA

Edited on 09/03/2002 4:49:59 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Where is Danielle van Dam?

Feb. 18 issue

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; News/Current Events
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To: CedarDave
Yeah, that was for the birds.....thats why I am hoping those freaks don't "join in the fun" on this thread. Eww...that sounds wierd even saying that. This SWNG THNG is just not for us up in Fresno!! LOL!! FresnoDA
61 posted on 02/18/2002 2:34:39 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: FresnoDA
My limited google search didn't turn up and "Sounds Good to Me" selling motivational tapes. In Minnesota there is a musical artist -- the one who did Funkytown -- using that phrase for his own marketing.
62 posted on 02/18/2002 2:39:40 PM PST by bvw
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To: FresnoDA
I threw in a few comments on that thread, literally just for laughs, but it felt like being in the middle of a snowball fight with the opponents putting rocks in the snowballs as the fight got nastier. I see there are about 400 new posts since I last checked it out.
63 posted on 02/18/2002 2:46:12 PM PST by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave
I hear you, that thread was nuts. It had nothing to do with the VD's, and it was all about the proponents of deviant lifestyles trying to recruit, apologize and show and tell, everything they could!! Stick to the Van Damned, and it will pay off, the neighbor could in fact be Richard Jewel, or even more bizarre, could be covering for Brenda VD!!
64 posted on 02/18/2002 3:29:04 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: Diddle E. Squat
If you think I'm Sasche'!!! ROTFLMAO!!!
65 posted on 02/18/2002 3:34:38 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: crypt2k;Doughtyone;Hillary's Lovely Legs;one_particular_harbour;Mixer

Damon van Dam scours desert for Danielle as number of volunteer searchers drops

Staff Writer

SABRE SPRINGS ---- An optimistic Damon van Dam spent more than eight hours Saturday meticulously searching barren desert dunes and posting fliers at small businesses throughout east San Diego and Imperial counties in the hope of finding his missing 7-year-old daughter.

A search team from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department will look for Danielle van Dam in an area of Poway today.

On Saturday, shortly after dawn and well into the twilight hours, Damon van Dam and a high school friend drove a blue van across large sections of sun-dappled desert in areas such as Glamis, Ocotillo, Borrego Springs and Brawley. They handed out scores of fliers seeking help in finding Danielle, a Creekside Elementary second-grader who police say was last seen by her father Feb. 1 when he tucked her into bed at the family's home on Mountain Pass Road.

Police have said they believe the girl was abducted and that detectives have focused their investigation on a neighbor who lives two houses away. No arrests have been made, nor have any signs of Danielle surfaced.

Meanwhile, nearly 170 volunteers from the Danielle Recovery Center spent the day scouring the same desert locations for clues into Danielle's disappearance, coordinators said. The search efforts were being orchestrated from several locations, including the Glamis Beach Store, the Ocotillo Volunteer Fire Department and Christmas Circle in Borrego Springs.

"Although we are searching out here in the desert areas, I don't want people to stop searching San Diego," said Damon van Dam, who also spent part of Saturday recruiting more people to help search for his daughter.

Members of the San Diego County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team will search a northern area of Poway close to the van Dams' Sabre Springs home today, police officials said Friday.

The region, bordered by Espola and Poway roads, has not been searched, and police said last week that they have information that a search in that vicinity will be useful. They have not said why they waited until today to search that area and San Diego police Capt. Ron Newman declined to comment further on the planned search.

Van Dam advised not to search

Damon van Dam was advised by police not to search the desert himself because crucial evidence discovered may be tainted as a result of his involvement with the case, his wife Brenda, 39, said Friday. (HUH???FDA)

But Damon van Dam said Saturday he was traversing the desert with information about Danielle because it was an opportune time to reach throngs of people who are in the desert for the three-day Presidents Day weekend.

A neighbor of the van Dams, David Westerfield, 49, told reporters and police that he was in the desert the weekend Danielle disappeared. The neighbor has been questioned repeatedly by police, and investigators have impounded his motor home and taken several items from his house for analysis, police have said.

Volunteers dwindle

The number of volunteer searchers Saturday had dwindled substantially since last weekend, when the Danielle Recovery Center was established at the Double Tree Golf Resort in Carmel Mountain Ranch, coordinators said.

About 170 people are searching this weekend, a little more than half of the center's goal of 300 searchers. Last weekend, more than 400 searchers participated in the hunt.

"We are at the mercy of whoever walks through our doors," said Fiona Oberrick, a deputy director of the center. "We are so grateful for all of the selfless generosity of the hundreds of volunteers and donations from local businesses."

Oberrick said people returning to work last Monday and those with travel plans this weekend contributed to the decline in the number of searchers.

Marc Klaas, founder of the Polly Klaas Foundation, said the public may lose interest in the case if media coverage gradually declines.

Klaas said he believes people will be sympathetic to Danielle's disappearance and want to help if they see the little girl's face in the media frequently.

"We need to create an effort to encourage people to come back on a regular basis (to volunteer)", said Klaas whose 12-year-old daughter, Polly Hannah Klaas, was kidnapped from her Petaluma home in 1993 and later found murdered

66 posted on 02/18/2002 3:50:53 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: FresnoDA
Wish I could pull up the Larry King interview with the Van Dams and post it.

I did see them on Larry King. King asked them point blank if they were involved in swinging? They stuttered, stammered and looked like two deer caught in the headlights. Now, if someone had asked me or my husband if we were involved in sex outside of our own marriage, the answer would be a LOUD and DEFINITE "Not only NO..but Hell NO"! They had their chance and did not deny it, not even a hint it might not be true. Instead, they asked the subject be changed to focus on Danielle, not them. Class act, these two.

What went on in the house that evening has everything to do with the investigation of what happened to their daughter, and by not "talking" about it, doesn't make it go away. In fact, it is having just the opposite effect. Me thinks they protest way too much.


67 posted on 02/18/2002 4:08:06 PM PST by spectre
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To: FresnoDA
Obviously, you don't know how much CDMA engineers make these days. $75,000 is really not that much.
68 posted on 02/18/2002 4:19:39 PM PST by Hildy
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To: crypt2k
I live in Spring Valley, East County. My 1,800sq ft. house, which I have remodeled, is worth $350,000. And Spring Valley is no Sabre Springs.
69 posted on 02/18/2002 4:21:02 PM PST by Hildy
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To: spectre
Bedroom set - Queen Bed (mattress is 3yrs old, good condition),

Chest, Dresser, 2 nightstands, 3 mirrors, 2 lamps Old. $200

(matching linens, pillows, and curtains add $75)

Oh man, I sure hope no one bought their used bed and linens.

70 posted on 02/18/2002 4:43:03 PM PST by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Nice, very nice visual, that one....ugh!!
71 posted on 02/18/2002 4:49:40 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: CedarDave
Oh. I didn't know about that thread when I made that reply. I was just kidding around. But now that it is out on FR, I have to admit I wife-swapped also. It was about 20 something years ago. I swapped out wife number one for wife number two. Actually, wife number one swapped me out about six years earlier than that. She got a divorce and became single. Got remarried and I think she swapped him out for a third husband. I don't think I want to swap out mrs.parsifal, but I would like to find a way to make her a little quieter. Maybe make her throw less things at me.

One thing the freeper swapper said that was interesting:

". . .just because someone is involved in a lifestyle you do not agree with does not. . . make them a criminal." ---I am a poet and I want youse guys to understand that does not make me a criminal. parsy.

72 posted on 02/18/2002 5:28:44 PM PST by parsifal
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Someone bought them for sure. Just a Queen-size bed?


73 posted on 02/18/2002 5:33:33 PM PST by spectre
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To: Hildy
74 posted on 02/18/2002 5:36:46 PM PST by ken21
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To: Hildy
Just going to ride this one into the ground aren't you Hildy, again the question is, where do the Damned get their mula? Brenda stays home all week, getting ready for her weekend "thing" and he travels a lot? Where? What does he do while on the road. These folks have a lot of questions to answer, a lot!!!
75 posted on 02/18/2002 6:19:45 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Used linens, LOL!!
76 posted on 02/18/2002 6:20:24 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: parsifal
don't trade in, just quiet down.....ROTFLMAO!!! Darn it parsy, just sprayed down a 19 inch monitor with Diet Coke!! Ahhhh.....
77 posted on 02/18/2002 6:21:57 PM PST by FresnoDA
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To: FresnoDA
More bad news: I talked to someone who volunteered for the search and rescue operation out at Glammis. Basically, there was no one in charge. My contact had a full setup with GPS, topos on his laptop computer, and a fully serviced Jeep--just needed to be told which grid to search. There wasn't any effort to coordinate a search plan by the people putting on the "search effort," and a lot of the "searchers" were rolling around on the dunes, drinking beer and acting like this was some sort of frat party.
78 posted on 02/18/2002 6:25:55 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: FresnoDA
You're the one riding this into the is not unusual for an engineer to travel. This is Qualcomm country here, I know many Qualcomm engineers and have have worked in the wireless industry. The community the Van Dams live in is a common area for people who work in the high-tech industry. Engineers make good money here and are in demand. You just don't know what you're talking about.
79 posted on 02/18/2002 6:26:01 PM PST by Hildy
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To: FresnoDA
from san diego 1997:

All this demand, of course, is pushing salaries higher and higher. The Occupational Outlook Summary lists the typical salary for a telecommunications engineer with three to six years of experience as $34,840 to $54,600. That is likely to be a fairly substantial underestimate. "We have to constantly review our salary and wage bases to stay competitive," says French.

80 posted on 02/18/2002 6:29:29 PM PST by ken21
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