- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 13, 2003

CASSOPOLIS, Mich. (AP) Carol and Patrick Ryan have tried hard to build a close, loving home for their six children.
All were home-schooled, and the entire family attends church together. It just makes the disappearance of their only daughter more painful and confusing.
Fourteen-year-old Lindsey is believed to be traveling with 56-year-old Terry Drake, a smooth-talking convicted murderer she met at church. It's been nearly a week since the two were last seen, and Lindsey's mother is desperate for good news.
"We just want a sighting," Mrs. Ryan said Tuesday. "It's been a long time."
Police said Lindsey left her home near Jones, a hamlet in southwestern Michigan near the Indiana state line, early on March 1 after months of corresponding with Mr. Drake on the Internet. Her parents believe she is being held against her will.
Mr. Drake has been charged with child endangerment in the case. He spent 16 years in prison for killing a woman from the Evansville, Ind., area in 1977.
Linda Kearschner, the wife of a friend of Mr. Drake's, was shot in the head and left beneath a bridge in southwestern Indiana.
Michigan, Indiana and California have issued Amber Alert warnings seeking tips on Lindsey's whereabouts. The family is hopeful the alerts have helped authorities recover 47 children over the last seven years, said Joann Donnellan, a spokeswoman for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria.
Mr. Drake and his wife, Darlene, were living about 20 miles from the Ryans when they met the family at First Assembly Church in Goshen, Ind.
He told the Ryans he was a born-again Christian with a notorious past, and that his faith had helped him leave it behind.
Carol, 41, and Patrick Ryan, 43, told Lindsey and their other children that they had a bad feeling about Mr. Drake. They warned the children, ages 7 to 18, to avoid the tattooed handyman.
The pair have been spotted six times since the Ryans discovered their daughter missing.

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