Common wisdom holds that the first 48 hours of an investigation are often the most crucial. In these early hours, the evidence has not yet had a chance to be swept away, eyewitnesses are easiest to locate, and weather hasn’t obscured the scene of the crime. But in some cases, the first 48 hours pass unnoticed (or unheeded) by police. For four young women who disappeared on Long Island between 2007 and 2010, it was the search for a different girl altogether that finally brought their cases to light.
The cases in Richard Kolker’s LOST GIRLS have many common threads.