When I was home in White Bear Lake over Christmas, a kid from WBL went missing.
Nick Rossini was a West Point cadet home for the holidays, like me.
Unlike me, he got drunk, smashed up a parked car with his mom's car, got pulled over by the cops, bailed out by his family, and after a reported scolding at home, wandered off in the middle of the night and has not been seen since.
The case has just stuck in my head ever since. His parents are still holding out some hope that he was just worried that West Point would kick him out (they said they wouldn't), and that he's hiding somewhere. But he didn't take a car, wallet, cell phone, etc. I've had the lurching bad feeling since this happened that he blindly walked out onto the thin ice of White Bear or Bald Eagle Lake and it just gave way beneath his feet. Minnesota's lakes are unforgiving, especially in the dead of a December night.
The Strib, my old paper, has a story about how Nick's mom happens to work at a WBL grade school with another mom who eerily lost a son in a very similar way some years ago. I hope they are both able to find answers, and some peace.