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Monday, July 08, 2013

Michael Kingsbury's Body Found

Police have recovered the body of seven year old Michael Kingsbury from a car  parked in the alley behind his house. Kingsbury was several autistic (& non-verbal). He disappeared yesterday morning around 9-9:30am. He was last seen wearing Pull-Up training pants. I can't even really write any more about this right now.  It just seems like this could have been prevented. This story is still developing, but how the HELL didn't someone find him if he was in the alley behind his own damn house?

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

While it's still to be seen what happened...LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS! In this heat, a child crawling in can be lethal in no time. Something as innocent as a game of hide and seek could turn deadly with access to a parked, unlocked car in hot weather.

Anonymous said...

Terrible. Unfortunately not surprised MPD half assed the search given my experiences with them in Trinidad. They don't give a shit. Who cares if the car doesn't have plates or is on private property as they keep saying. Form a grid and search everything thoroughly.

Anonymous said...

They did search; that's how they found him.

Anonymous said...

This is so sad. It makes you feel that you can't trust the police and we have to just fend for ourselves.

Robert Mann-Thompson said...

Sadly things like this happen. I'm trying not to appear dispassionate, and I'm not dispassionate. I ask however, that today is a time for grieving, a time for reflection. It isn't a time for questions like how could this have happened. There will be time ahead for after action reviews, lessons learned, and next steps. However, please contain the outrage, and instead use it as a resolve and conviction towards the effort of finding gaps and filling them down the road. Please, however, know that tragedy happens. It can happen w/o explanation. There can be nothing we can do to prevent it. Let's try to avoid hazarding to guess or imply what may have led to this, or what could have prevented it. It is an over all sad day, and no amount of monday night quarterbacking can undo the tragedy that's unfolded. Let's keep the family, and those impacted the mosts in our thoughts, and if you choose in your prayers.

-Robby

Anonymous said...

Non-verbal autistic children have an amazing ability to slip away. To take this as an opportunity to piss on the cops is truly classless.

Anonymous said...

All i can say is lord have mercy !

Anonymous said...

I wish that they had called out for volunteers to search yesterday. How can we as a community do better? What can we do so that next time, we can find a child in time?

Anon 10:15, you are an ass.

Kestra said...

This is absolutely horrible and my thoughts are with the family. Thanks for keeping us updated, inked. And as for anon 10:15 and anyone else who wants to cast stones, remember that a family just lost a child. That's a tragedy, not an opportunity for judging the parenting skills of your neighbors.

Alan Page said...

I feel extra terrible about this because I feel like I should have helped canvass. I really meant to do it. I didn't even hear about the case till yesterday morning and I briefly considered taking off work to help canvass. I don't know if I would have thought to canvass the alleyway.

Since this is a tragedy for his family, I even feel ridiculous saying "I" this many times.

Sigh.

Could we perhaps have some kind of standing volunteer base for emergencies like this, so that concerned people can mobilize quickly? I'm willing to meet with people to discuss that possibility. I will try to contact Inked this evening.

Anonymous said...

Count me in on that. Perhaps this is something the Trinidad neighborhood association can spearhead. They did do a great job of sending out the alert as that is how I found out about it. Perhaps establishing a position that is responsible for community outreach to include emergency situations?

Anonymous said...

Prayers to the child, family, and community.

Alan -- that is a good idea with the standing volunteer base. We have one of those for the dog rescue group I work with, and it works well. I am at andrew.lingg@navy.mil if you want to organize.

Anonymous said...

Please remove comment re: from Anonymous at 10:15 as a sign of respect to the friends, family, and neighbors of this poor young boy.

tonysmallframe said...

Alan,

There is a standing volunteer base for this type of thing. It's called CERT, it's administrated through DC HSEMA/Serve DC, and everyone is trained in basic search and rescue. However, no notice went out to any of the CERTs asking for assistance or help.

Anonymous said...

The only thing I think we know for sure at this point is that a tragedy happened. Do we know the police half assed the search? Do we know the boy was in the car the entire time? Do we know the neighbor left the car unlocked? I feel like until we know what happened, how he got in there, when he got in there.. people need to hold of judgement on ANYONE and be supportive of all involved.