It’s been two years since Jodi Sanderholm was murdered. Over the next few days I will recount my experiences from those days she was missing. It was the day after she went missing that I received the news. I lived in New Mexico and received a call from my father. He informed me that Jodi was missing since the day before. I immediately thought it was a misunderstanding. After all the first stage is denial.
My father’s simple reply was, “I don’t think so.”
I looked into my rearview mirror and saw my ten year-old daughter sitting in the backseat. She had known Jodi her entire life. Jodi and her sister had babysat for her until we moved to New Mexico. They were the older girls that she looked up to. How would I tell her?
I asked my father to clarify. He responded, “They have someone they are talking to.”
I still thought it must be a misunderstanding, but got off the phone and told my daughter that Jodi was missing. With concern in her eyes she nodded her understanding. During the twenty minute drive home I shook my head in disbelief that something like this could happen in the small town of approximately 12,000 people that I grew up in. This was a typical small town where people may or may not lock their doors. Jodi had never met someone who wasn’t a friend. Who could possibly want to harm her?
My daughter and I went home where I pulled up the story on the Internet. Already stories were flooding the Internet. Jodi’s beautiful and exuberant smile was on every news website in the region with comments pages full of prayers for her safe return that would not come.
I called my father several times the rest of the night hoping to receive the news that Jodi was safe. Every call was met with the same news…nothing had changed. Every call he tried to make me understand that conclusion to Jodi’s disappearance would more than likely not be happy. I didn’t have a suspect’s name at this point. I didn’t have and still don’t have a reason. I sat in disbelief.
Daily posts through the time of Jodi’s disappearance in the hope of bringing to light the pain that victims and their friends and families feel. Laws need to be strengthened across the nation. Please call your legislators today! To the best of my knowledge Jodi did not know she was a victim of stalking. However, court documents show that her accused murderer had been at the very least window peeping since she was 9 years old. She was 19 when she was murdered.