The disappearance of two Montgomery County teenagers has prompted a nationwide search amid fears about the meaning behind a note left by one of the young women about her desire to "stay with my true love, buried next to her."
Rachel Crites, 18, of Gaithersburg and Rachel Smith, 16, of North Potomac both called their parents Friday afternoon to say they were in Georgetown and planning to see a movie.
But cell phone records showed the call was placed from Charles Town, W.Va., a small town south of Frederick best known for its horseracing track.
That was the last their parents heard from them. Now the Montgomery County Police have issued a nationwide search for the teens and for Crites’ dark blue 1997 Subaru Outback station wagon.
Sadly, the two girls were found dead. They appear to have committed suicide.
The bodies of two girls were discovered yesterday in Loudoun County in a car that belongs to the family of one of two Montgomery County teenagers missing for two weeks, law enforcement authorities said. Some officials said the victims apparently committed suicide.
Loudoun sheriff's deputies found the girls dead in the front seat of the car on an access road off Route 9 near the West Virginia border yesterday afternoon. There were no signs of trauma on their bodies, and the cause of death was not known, deputies said.
It appears to be a case of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Over at Vigilance, I was moved by one of the comments.
I just learned that according to the American Psychological Association, suicide is the number one cause of death for gay teens.
We don't know, and may never know what was really going on in those girls' lives. All we know is that two beautiful young people, are no longer here. And we know that every child is precious, and deserves total love and acceptance.
I hope that as moral human beings, we can at least agree on that.
Unfortunately, not everyone can agree on that, like the mom I posted about earlier.
I don't know what went on in these girls' lives. Their families seemed truly concerned about finding them, and genuinely grieved at losing their children. But, as I've pointed out before, suicide and homelessness are huge problems among gay youth in general. And in many of those cases it almost always stems from a lack of acceptance and understanding at home. Sometimes that includes violence and abuse, or even being kicked out of the house by parents.
Being a teenager is hard enough without having to deal with being rejected by your own family. At that age, you can have a kind of tunnel vision, and think that things will always be as bad as they are right then.
That is, if there's nobody around to tell you any different; to tell you that you're OK, that there's life, love, and acceptance beyond your back yard. And that you will find it.
And that's exactly what some people, right here in Montgomery County, don't want gay & lesbian youth to hear.