I wrote about Elaine on the anniversary of her disappearance. Based on her past, it was assumed that she had committed suicide.
Roughly a month ago, her remains were found along with evidence that it was not suicide. Other than an amendment to my original post, I chose not to mention it directly other than to a few select friends.
This past Friday, a man was arrested and charged with her murder.
It is a surreal feeling to read a newspaper article about something so grisly and know the person in the story. While I am both elated that there is a strong chance of justice in a situation where we thought there was little, I am angry that one person could have altered so many lives with the senseless taking of Elaine's life.
No amount of justice will bring her back.
So, in memory of Elaine, please hug your loved ones and tell them you love them. Do it now and do it often.