Letter to the editor – Toby

The Sentinel-Record 8-22-2007

A grim anniversary

Dear editor:

Disappearance, homicide – sounds like something out of a soap opera. Unfortunately, these affected my life by the age of six.
At six years, I experienced life in a way that no child should ever have to experience it. My mother, Linda Edwards, didn’t come home one night 31 years ago. One night stretched into six long months; six months of thinking she was on vacation. Six months of waiting for her to come back any time to take me home. Six months of fruitless hope because they found her remains, tossed like trash, on Jack Mountain outside beautiful Hot Springs.

Now, 31 years later, the person responsible is still free. Free, not because there isn’t enough evidence to take the case to court, not because every single avenue has been exhausted, not even because people are not interested, free because the prosecutor has the sole discretion to determine if it’s worth taking to trial or not.

There is a Web site, http://www.lindaedwards.com. dedicated to my mother. It includes phone numbers to the Hot Spring County prosecutor; state police and other individuals, as well as many of the news articles and case facts. If you remember anything or just want to encourage the prosecutor to take this to trial, please contact us either via the Web site or at the phone numbers listed. Thirty-one years is too long to wait for justice.

Toby Edwards
Hot Springs

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