Missing Persons

karyn1162009In December 2007, three posts appeared on the Chocl8t Diaries about Karyn Hancock. First about her disappearance, then when she was found, and finally about what drove her to run and lie.

You can read the posts HERE and HERE.

On yesterday Mrs Hancock was sentenced to four years in prison from stealing more than $600,000 from clients.

The 36-year old stood silent and emotionless as the judge sentenced her to the next four years in prison.

“We sort of have a policy in the office. If an attorney steals from clients they go to prison. That was our attitude towards this. So we think it’s an appropriate sentence,” Chris Anderson-prosecutor.

Before sentencing victims shared their stories how McConnell-Hancock forged checks, submitted false claims, and then used their money to pay back other clients. [SOURCE]

She will be eligible for parole in 180 days. Six months? WOW.

I think she is getting off easy if you ask me. She probably will not serve the entire sentence – probably less than 2 years. How is that justice for the victims?

What do you think? Is that a “light” sentence”?

Normally, I would not have posted about this story. Normally, I am not so disturbed or vexed by stories like this. Normally, I would be more inclined to post about a missing African American woman because, let’s face it, mainstream media flood the airwaves with missing white women stories giving black women very little coverage, if any. However, this isn’t a normal missing person story for me.

meredith2.jpgThis missing person has a six degrees of separation element to it. Quite simply, I work with a very close friend of Meredith Emerson, Bruce. Not a case of working for the same company, we’re in the same department, on the same team – a team of 7, including myself. On a team as small as ours, you sometimes get to know about people’s lives outside the workplace.

Because of my interest in and a brief foray into Tae Kwon Do, I had several conversations with Bruce, a black belt in the art, in which Meredith’s name was mentioned. Most of the team knew of Meredith or had met her on occasion. The day Bruce was informed she was missing he was in the office and was visibly upset. Needless to say, he left immediately to help in the search.

From the police updates and news conferences, it doesn’t look favorable for finding Meredith alive. You can read more about it here and here. In that vein, I extend my sincerest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.

Now, to what has bothered me. Although Meredith was smart in leaving a note for her roommate on her whereabouts the day she went missing, she fell short on good judgement by going alone. A shortcoming that appears has cost her her life. Many of her friends have been quoted saying even though Meredith was only 5’2″, 120 lbs, she was a “tough girl“, she was a “black belt” that could take care of herself  and ‘if anyone could survive something like this it was her’.

I politely and humbly beg to differ. In most cases a woman can not physically overpower a man. Don’t care how many belts you (a woman) have acquired in martial arts, if some deranged nut (a man) means to do you bodily harm – he will.

My intent is not to blame the victim but as women we are vulnerable and should take every precaution for our safety.

Do not go to isolated places alone – adhere to the buddy system. Remember Natalie Holloway? The bar wasn’t isolated but I’m still asking where were her friends? Not to mention the chaperones. Never talk to strangers. When those little hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, listen to the small still voice telling you that it isn’t safe. This is your gut instinct trying to protect you. TRUST IT! Even if it means you have to be rude. Wouldn’t you rather be rude than dead?

I’m not suggesting that we women should live in fear but we should remember we are not invincible. Use common sense. Exercise caution lest you share the same fate as Meredith and the many, many more women prior to her.

karyn.jpgAccording to news outlets, Mrs. Hancock has recanted her tale of abduction. She apparently was under a lot of stress and instead of reaching out for help, she ran away.

Police would not discuss a motive, but Hancock’s husband Lawrence Hancock said his wife has been having psychological problems for several years.

“She experienced a meltdown and attempted to handle those matters without the assistance of professional help or others. Karyn elected to leave everything because she felt that she was unable to continue,” he said.

Police said at a news conference Tuesday that she recanted Monday after eight hours of questioning. Hancock will likely be charged with making a false police report, said Police Chief Mike Navarre.


As I stated in my last post on Mrs. Hancock, her story didn’t “gel” with me. A commenter on another blog stated this story reminded her of Jennifer Wilbanks, a Georgia bride who ran off claiming she was abducted by a Mexican man and a white female.

I’m saving my “comments” for later. But tell me, what do you think?

Also check out what they’re saying about her over at O Hell Nawl! Too funny!!

Ironically she was found practically in my backyard! According to reports Mrs. Hancock was abducted and released near the Six Flags Amusement Park.

ATLANTA (AP) — A pregnant Ohio attorney who had been missing since Wednesday was found alive Saturday behind a suburban Atlanta amusement park, and police said she reported having been abducted. Hours later, her car was found within walking distance of the park.

There were no immediate arrests.

Karyn McConnell Hancock, 35, who is six months pregnant, told Cobb County, Ga., police that two men and a woman abducted her. She was last seen outside a juvenile court building in Toledo, Ohio, around 9 a.m. Wednesday, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. 


Honestly, this sounds “fishy” to me but I’m glad to hear that she is alive and in good health.