Diary of a Mother's Mission

My son, Kevin Martin, disappered under mysterious circumstances in the wee hours of July 18, 2004. His partial remains were found on February 1, 2005 in the river. The Des Moines Police have not been helpful and this is my blog to tell what I have done as it's done.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

New Year, Same Old, Same Old

The Holidays are over, and I'm glad, except for the Super Bowl. Why I should mention that, I don't know. It's sort of like a national holiday I think. All the hype, a big deal. I feel like one should be getting together with friends and family similar to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It didn't happen for those days and it isn't going to happen for Super Bowl Sunday either. I might stay up and watch a little of it, but that's all, considering my work schedule. I would have talked to Kevin about it, asked about his plans. Terry would have watched it at home, most likely. The Bears this year. I do remember watching a Super Bowl game with Terry many years ago. I think the Bears won that year. I remember John Regans, the "Frigerator" or something like that. He was prominent in that game, maybe even M.V.P.

Before Christmas I spoke to Kevin's former stepmother. I told her it would be after the Holiday's before I would have the time to go and speak to people regarding Kevin's case. Previously I had talked to the Sherrif's Dept. and Lt. Jorgenson, someone I had talked to on the phone a couple of times. He suggested that I needed to talk to Chief McCarthy again. Something I did not want to do but he was right. A week or so ago I stopped down at the police station. Chief McCarthy was out of the office and so his secretary would talk to him and then get back to me. I left there and went to City Hall to set up an appt. with the Mayor. I had one for the following week. I wasn't sure what I would say, what I expected to accomplish, what I expected him to do if anything, but I did make an appointment.

Tuesday arrived too quickly and I didn't really feel prepared. I walked in to the Mayor's office, Mayor Frank Cownie, and I was greeted by Det. Shannon and his two bosses, Lt Dana Wingart and another gentleman - I'll have to get his name at home. Det. Shannon has been on the case but the two others were new to their positions.

Needless to say I was not happy about the situation but when I asked for a meeting and was asked the reason for my meeting, I said the death of my son over two years ago and no answers to date. I would have liked to talk to Mayor Cownie, one on one, but I do understand that he was trying to resolve an issue in his City. He runs the city of Des Moines, I guess, and works with his police dept. If there is a problem the partys involved get together to resolve their issues. I expected nothing new from the police and I got nothing new. Kevin's case is closed except in word only. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to go over Kevin's file at this point - at least parts of it. But that's about it. You know, under the Freedon of Information Act. It seems like that's going to be a joke too. But then again, the police didn't follow the parameters of "Suzannes Law" either. A Federal law signed by George Bush on April 30, 2003 stating that, by law, police depts. had to immediately investigate the disappearance of a young person between the ages of 18 to 21. This was to raise the age from 18 as indicated in the Amber laws to 21.

So a New Year. What can I do?. Not much but at least I can talk. Talk to people.