Ever since that bride ran away, the US seems to have become obsessed with lost young people. There’s a great rant on Kuro5hin entitled Fuck Natalee Holloway, which discusses the utter lack of perspective this obsession engenders:
This brings us to the case of Reyna Gabriella Alvarado-Carerra. Have you ever heard of her?
I certainly hadn’t until I started doing research for this story. Reyna is a 13 year-old Hispanic girl who is believed to have been abducted by a stranger in Norcross, Georgia. She was abducted just a few weeks before Holloway. A Google search on her name yields a grand total of 6 results.
The same search for “Natalee Holloway” turns up 276,000 results.
If I knew more about sociology or psychology, maybe I could construct a premise that America’s search is, in fact, metaphorical. Maybe they’re out there looking for their innocence.