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#1 Offline Hapori Tohu

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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 07:05 PM

This is serious, guys. About a week ago, <b>Heather "LEGOGirl" Braaten</b> was reported by her mother to be missing. She was a well-known member of the Lego community on several fansites, an active member of SEALUG and regular BrickCon attendee and a good friend of mine. You can read the official missing person report <a href='http://www.waspc.org/mp/missing.php?wac=12M0004558' target='offsite'>here</a>. If you have any information on her location or have seen her recently, you're encouraged to contact the <a href='http://www.seattle.gov/police/' target='offsite'>Seattle Police Department</a>, leave a comment in the talkback topic (which I will send to Lino directly) or on Lino's photo of Heather <a href='http://www.flickr.com/photos/12622904@N03/7021501535/' target='offsite'>here</a>. You're also encouraged to send him an email at linotopia(AT)hotmail(DOT)com. He is in contact with Heather's Mom and will be passing along any information. Please keep Heather in your prayers. Thanks for your concern, everyone.

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Posted Mar 28 2012 - 10:24 PM

That's really unfortunate. :( I hope she's found soon, healthy and all.~B~
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 12:01 AM

This is very sad news and it's a shame how often these cases seem to occur. Let's just hope she's found soon.-Ced
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 03:17 AM

You're right, this IS really serious! :( I just hope things come to a happy end...
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 04:02 AM

Why is she missing? Was it of her own free will, or was she taken? Is she still alive and well? Questions, questions. I don't know the answers, but I hope that wherever she is, she's alive and well. I hope for the best...this is a serious matter.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 05:43 AM

Not a whole lot to go by as far as the description goes...
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 06:00 AM

I do hope she's found, alive and well! My prayers are with her!
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 06:22 AM

Wow, I think this is the first time we´ve had news like this on the front page. This is very serious indeed. There is barely anything I can do living on another continent but I wish you and the police the best of luck for finding her. Let´s hope she turns out to be alright.-Gata Posted Image

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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 06:57 AM

Not a whole lot to go by as far as the description goes...

There's also a link to a picture of her in the news post.I hope that Heather is found soon, and that wherever she is, she's okay. I'm pretty far from Seattle, but I'll have my eye open anyway.-:t::n:

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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 07:13 AM

This is terrible. I know we'll all be on the lookout for her, however far we are from Seattle. I think it says alot about the community that this news has been given priority, though. I hope we can help her.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 09:26 AM

I hope that she is found soon, safe and unharmed.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 01:22 PM

I hope that she is found soon, safe and unharmed.

I second this. :( *thinks silent prayer*

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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 02:20 PM

I can't believe all the missing person reports these days :burnmad:. People that do this are utter :censored: garbage. I hope she is found soon.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 02:26 PM

This is awful, I'm praying she is found soon. I can't imagine what she and her mother must be going through.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 03:28 PM

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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 03:54 PM

Thanks for posting this here, Micah! I've been sharing and reposting this everywhere I can. Her deleting of her social network and sharing accounts seemed odd; hopefully the disappearance isn't connected to this. I hope she's safe.

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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 03:58 PM

This is horrible, I hope shes found safe :(My heart goes out to those who are close to her. Its never a good experience when you think you're about to lose someone close to you.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 03:59 PM

Thanks for posting this here, Micah! I've been sharing and reposting this everywhere I can. Her deleting of her social network and sharing accounts seemed odd; hopefully the disappearance isn't connected to this. I hope she's safe.

Not a problem. I'm really worried about her and just trying to do my part to make sure she's found.I'd encourage everyone to follow HH's example. Get the word out to everyone you know, involved in the community or not. Every bit helps.Thanks guys!

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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 04:04 PM

I found out about her disappearance when an Administrator on a Brickfilming forum said that he actually knew her in real life.I hope she is found alive and well. My prayers to you,Heather.-CDP
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 07:54 PM

This is terrible. :( As a Seattle native I'll be keeping my eyes open for her.My condolances to her family; I hope she'll be found soon.-Inferna
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 08:24 PM

It's terrible the things that seem to happen all the times these days. Everywhere you turn it seems another story like this pops up. My condolences to the family, and hopefully they can find her soon.
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Posted Mar 29 2012 - 08:48 PM

I hope to that God she is found safe, and soon.
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Posted Mar 30 2012 - 04:13 AM

Not a whole lot to go by as far as the description goes...

There's also a link to a picture of her in the news post.I hope that Heather is found soon, and that wherever she is, she's okay. I'm pretty far from Seattle, but I'll have my eye open anyway.- :t: :n:

Same. I'll pray that she turns out well and alive, keep an open eye, and spread this news. :(

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That's really too bad. Hope she is found soon. It would help if there was a picture on the missing person page, though.
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Posted Mar 30 2012 - 09:38 AM

That's really too bad. Hope she is found soon. It would help if there was a picture on the missing person page, though.

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This is absolutely terrible.I hope she is found, safe and sound.
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Posted Mar 31 2012 - 12:31 PM

I hope that she is found soon, safe and unharmed.

I second this. Praying for her and the family. This is terrible! :(

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Posted Mar 31 2012 - 07:44 PM

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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 03:29 PM

Just wanted to give you all an update, though it's not something that I'd like to do.Heather's body has been found.I'm really not sure what to say here. She was a great friend and always fun to talk to, though I regret that my only opportunity to do so was at BrickCon. I wish I could have seen her at least one more time.Rest in peace, Heather. The Lego community (and indeed, the rest of the world) won't be quite the same without you. I'll be praying for you and your family.
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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 03:37 PM

Just wanted to give you all an update, though it's not something that I'd like to do.Heather's body has been found.I'm really not sure what to say here. She was a great friend and always fun to talk to, though I regret that my only opportunity to do so was at BrickCon. I wish I could have seen her at least one more time.Rest in peace, Heather. The Lego community (and indeed, the rest of the world) won't be quite the same without you. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Oh my,this is very sad.

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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 04:33 PM

Just wanted to give you all an update, though it's not something that I'd like to do.Heather's body has been found.I'm really not sure what to say here. She was a great friend and always fun to talk to, though I regret that my only opportunity to do so was at BrickCon. I wish I could have seen her at least one more time.Rest in peace, Heather. The Lego community (and indeed, the rest of the world) won't be quite the same without you. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Things like this happen way too often. Actually, they shouldn´t happen a single time. It´s hard to find fitting words and no words could make up for this loss anyway, so I´ll just give my condolences to her family and to you and all her other friends. I hope whoever did this can be brought to justice. May I suggest that you post this on the front page?-Gata Posted Image

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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 05:41 PM

This is truly saddening, disheartening, awful news. While I never met her, I know that her presence in the LEGO community and in the world will be missed.My thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to her family. My fervent hope is that whoever perpetrated this heinous crime will be arrested and that justice will prevail.
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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 05:46 PM

Oh, no. Rest her soul. My heart goes out to her friends and family; I never knew her, but like Gata said, this sort of thing should never happen in the first place.

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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 05:55 PM

Although this is indeed horrible, I guess in a sense we got lucky in terms of the finding of the body. Lots of missing people's bodies are found months or years after the disappearance.As Sumiki said - I hope the person who did this will be punished severely.

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Oh my... Such a tragic happening. Though I don't know her in the least bit, it's still saddening, my condolences to the family :(
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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 06:15 PM

Just wanted to give you all an update, though it's not something that I'd like to do.Heather's body has been found.I'm really not sure what to say here. She was a great friend and always fun to talk to, though I regret that my only opportunity to do so was at BrickCon. I wish I could have seen her at least one more time.Rest in peace, Heather. The Lego community (and indeed, the rest of the world) won't be quite the same without you. I'll be praying for you and your family.

Things like this happen way too often. Actually, they shouldn´t happen a single time. It´s hard to find fitting words and no words could make up for this loss anyway, so I´ll just give my condolences to her family and to you and all her other friends. I hope whoever did this can be brought to justice. May I suggest that you post this on the front page?-Gata Posted Image

Doing so now, thanks. I was trying to find a way to add an update to the original entry but I figured it would be safer to just post here. (And just to clarify, guys, there are no details yet on how or why she died. This may not have been a murder, unfortunately.)

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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 06:23 PM

I've never heard of her. But man, that's sad.Heavy Metal Salute goes out to her.*Starts playing Cemetary Gates by, of course, Pantera*RIP. I really don't know what to say. With other people, I would be a total ##### about stuff like this.But yeah, I never heard of or knew of her. I hope her family won't dread on the worst. I remember how I was like that. R.I.P.

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Posted Apr 02 2012 - 06:32 PM

Just going to say that, it's very unfortunate and though I didn't know her, the BZP hearts go out to her family. Tragic.
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