Hold on to your seats folks, this is about to get bumpy -Goosebumpy- The details of the boy are deliberately vague because... Well you will understand after you read the entire story, and if you don't, ask me in comments and I will tell you.
When my children were 5 and 7 respectively we moved into our new home in Nebraska. It was built in the early 1970s and had a single owner who we bought it from.
I had zero feelings of paranormal from this house. Not long after we moved into the house my daughter started to refuse to sleep in her room. At first she wouldn't say why, then she started talking about a 'boy' in her room scaring her. We thought it was just a nightmare. This went on for a while, and finally, after several nights of interrupted sleep, I demanded she write down every darn thing she knew about this 'boy.' I expected a kind of 'imaginary friend' description.
Nope. She gave me the first name, age, what the boy was wearing and not wearing, physical description, eye, hair, skin color. Even described an injury, and the fact that he was dead and that nobody had found him. He was all alone.
So, I looked up kids on the Missing and Exploited kids database, printed all of them who met the requirements she had laid out (age, gender, race, hair color, eye color) and printed out the pictures. I deliberately didn't look at any other information (including first name). I handed them to my daughter and asked her if any of them were the boy. She didn't hesitate to look through them. She took one and handed it to me.
TOGETHER we went to the website and looked up the boy. Every single thing she said was true. The boy's name, his age, what he was wearing - and not wearing - EVERY SINGLE THING. We both got over our freak outs - but I stopped protesting her not sleeping in her room.
Please remember, my daughter was 6 at the time. This was the 90's and children were not given access to the internet as freely as today. In fact I will go on to explain that my children were limited to an hour of television a day after school. There was no way my daughter could have heard about this missing boy from television or internet. The schools here did not have a 'missing children's milk carton' program until the late 90s, a year after this happened. Although being 6, it would be unlikely that she could read and understand even if one did exist.
To this day, this is an ongoing, open missing person case. Here are a few things we learned. The boy disappeared 2 years before my husband and I met. My husband was actually in the same city as the boy when he disappeared, although my hubby says he never met or saw the boy. My daughter was born 5 years after the boy vanished. He vanished in an east coast city. My daughter was born in Key West Florida and lived there until we moved to Nebraska. No obvious tie there. I lived in California when the boy vanished and have never been to the state where he lived. The only similarity between us is that my son passed the same year and month the boy disappeared.
So what did I do? On the recommendation of people in a psychic chat room I contacted a famous (tv) psychic via email and asked advice. They actually were interested in my daughter's 'gift' and if she would like to develop it. She gave a definitive NO NO NO. It was scary and hurt. Her words not mine. The psychic gave me a contact for someone in my area to come and assess/cleanse the house. I wasted no time contacting them. They came by and did a cleansing. They wouldn't accept money so I paid them in a batch of warm homemade brownies.
When my daughter came home she knew immediately that he was gone. I didn't tell her, or anyone else about the cleansing. My hubby would have had a fit with me bringing those scammers into our home. However, she slept peacefully in that room for years after. She never discusses this and although on occasion she has shown signs of her gift of seeing, she completely eschews everything paranormal.
Even now when I think of it, I have very mixed feelings. It feels incomplete to me, like there is more to do, but what? I am not the one who had the visitation and I have nothing new I can add to his missing person's case.
In any case, I would love comments and suggestions.
As for my husband - I... I have an odd feeling about asking him to more, like I shouldn't. Not because of HIS reaction but because of what I might find. The thought that comes to mind is - my hubby is a recovering alcoholic, and he tells stories of incidents of black out drunkenness. I wonder if he saw something during one of those periods - or saw something that caused him to drink to forget. My husband when drunk is a jovial, laughing, party drunk, loud and obnoxious, but I've never seen him violent when drunk. I could see him witnessing something, maybe forming a bond that way, and not realizing it. This is the same guy who, while bombed out of his mind, had a whole conversation with his dead Grandmother, called it a weird dream when he sobered up. Thing is, I was right there - it was NOT a dream. She scared the ever living heck out of me when she was alive. Being dead didn't change that. Probably the meanest nice person I've ever met.