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HeatherLEGOgirl Missing

PaulTRPaulTR Member Posts: 115
edited March 2012 in Community and Events
I haven't participated in the Brickset forum lately due to a busy life, but today I found some very disturbing news on Flickr that I thought I should share. The announcement is below (with link to the original):

Hi Sorry to bring such startling news but our close friend and staple of the LEGO community is missing. Her name is Heather Braaten and went by HeatherLEGOgirl here online. A couple months ago she removed her flickr, facebook, and MOCPages profiles but now her mother has called a fellow LEGO fan this morning stating that she was missing and has been since last Tuesday. Police are on the search but her family would like to know her whereabouts any way possible. Here is a photo of her.

If anyone knows her whereabouts or knows when you contacted her last, please chime in here. And if Heather you are out there, please let us know. You have a lot of people worried about you, honey.

Any knowledge of her well being would be appreciated. Thanks in advance


http://www.flickr.com/photos/tot-lug/6875431142/in/photostream

I have never met Heather, nor do I have any discernible connection to her outside of our shared hobby, but I am hoping and praying she is found safe and sound.

Comments

  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    I hope so too.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,817
    That is really distressing news. I hope she is okay.
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    I really hope Heather is OK; I haven't met her IRL, but we chatted a few times on-line, and I hope that we get the chance to meet at a con some time in the future. Hope she turns up safe & well very soon.
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    Very sad news. Prayers for Heather to return safely.
  • samiam391samiam391 A log cabin in PA, United StatesMember Posts: 4,360
    Will be praying as well. Hope she turns up safe and sound soon.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    I hope this is a case where social networking works it miracle magic and finds her quickly & safely. Starting with what state and where she was last seen, as that hasn't been mentioned.
  • princedravenprincedraven Essex, UKMember Posts: 3,768
    Read this yesterday and its been in my thoughts since.
    Really hoping that Heather is OK.
    Another photo posted on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tot-lug/6877747382/in/photostream/
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    I have noticed a couple of months ago that she closed her flickr account, and I thought that was strange as she was so friendly and social. I wonder if for some reason she wanted to not be found. I really-really hoe she is okay...
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    ^ Indeed. She must have brought this upon herself. I don't think she was pray.
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    edited March 2012
    ^Yes, socially unplugging across various boards a couple months ahead of the moment sends odd signals. If it turns out that way, I sure hope she hears the messages and let her safe well-being be known to loved ones so they can stop worrying and call off the man-hunt. The attention is building as her missing status is now the top banner at "MOC pages". Any inputs from other Seattle AFOL's that may be in close communication with her that can shed light?
  • rocaorocao Administrator Posts: 4,290
    Let's not speculate too much about this. What's important from the community at times like this are facts.
  • PaulTRPaulTR Member Posts: 115
    ^ Definitely in agreement. I would go as far as to say do not spread any new information unless the proper authorities or her family have confirmed them. Stick to the facts, try to leave speculation out of this, and keep praying.
  • PaulTRPaulTR Member Posts: 115
    It is with the deepest sadness that I report the passing of Heather Braaten:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/7039579861/

    My deepest condolences to her family; she will be missed by us all...
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    Such a sad ending.
  • littletokilittletoki Member Posts: 519
    Just heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and family.

  • vwong19vwong19 San DiegoMember Posts: 1,187
    RIP.
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,817
    :'(. That is very sad news. I'm so sorry.
  • MinifigsMeMinifigsMe Member Posts: 2,844
    :-( Horrible news. So sorry to hear.
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,916
    Sad news for all of the LEGO community. Sorry to hear. :(
  • The_Brick_BuilderThe_Brick_Builder Member Posts: 658
    Such a sad ending. Condolences to her family and friends!
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    Did anyone happen to notice the 30 lots of Legos, each one well over 20 pounds, being auctioned on Ebay by Goodwill Seattle the last week of March? I don't want to seem tawdry by asking... On the contrary, I bought one of those lots, and I remember going through the listings thinking "Where on earth did Goodwill get 600 pounds of Legos?" It finally hit me last night as I was sorting through them. I genuinely would like for someone to tell me my conclusion is wrong, that the crushing melancholy I feel rifling through this person's errata is a mistake, a hastily inferred correlation where none exists, and that her collection is... I don't know. I'm prone to brooding anyway, and going through this lot finding heart-shaped rings and jewelry and fragments of photos is almost unbearable. So somebody, if you can, tell me I'm wrong. If I'm right, at least I'll know. I hope my motives for asking will not be maliciously misinterpreted.
  • Si_UKNZSi_UKNZ NZMember Posts: 4,179
    Just seen the later updates on this thread, that's very sad news, sorry to hear that.
  • starfire2starfire2 Phoenix AZMember Posts: 1,329
    @Brickarmor : I hope that is not the case, but if it is, then cherish those pieces of Lego. I never knew Heather, but she was only a year younger than I am, and I think if that was me, I would want those Lego and other trinkets treated with care.
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    @Brickarmor, that would be very-very sad. Heather had children though, who likely inherited her LEGO, but of course your senerio could have happened too. Also, she had many AFOL friends, several of whom were directly in touch with the family. Even if for some reason her kids didn't want mom's LEGO, it is likely her friends would have inherited it, unless Heather left a note that she wants to donate them to Goodwill. I would suggest you contact her close friends if you want to know for sure. Some of them are on Flickr. I know she was very good friends with Stacy: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tot-lug/
  • BrickarmorBrickarmor USAMember Posts: 1,257
    Thank you starfire and akunthita.
  • romdamromdam Member Posts: 136
    For some reason, Seattle Goodwill always has tons of Lego lots on the site and ebay. Don't know how or where the get them from.
  • MultiversalMultiversal Member Posts: 29

    My deepest and most sincere condolences; though I never knew Heather, this story is a tragic one indeed. Best of hopes for Heather's family and friends.
  • RedbullgivesuwindRedbullgivesuwind Brickset's Secret HeadquatersMember Posts: 1,914
    That is so sad. a massive talent and lovely person lost from the lego comunity. Thoughts are with her friends and family.
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