The rescue of three abducted women in Cleveland is bringing hope to thousands of families waiting for the same news about a loved one, including two Minnesota families who say their hope is reaffirmed.
FOX 9 News spoke with the parents of two children abducted just months apart 23 years ago.
"I want her home," said Susan Pagnac.
Pagnac and Marshal Midden still carry memories of their daughter, Amy, who was abducted from an Osseo gas station in August in 1989 -- but they never refer to her in the past tense.
"That is the biggest frustration as a parent," Pagnac confided. "That, 'Oh, it's been so long. You don't think they'll be alive?' Guess what? We do."
They say they're even more certain after hearing that three girls who were abducted and held captive for more than 10 years were found in Cleveland.
"I'm really happy and delighted these girls have been rescued, but you always wonder: When is that call going to be, 'Hey, we found Amy. We're bringing her home,'" Pagnac said.
That call would of course answer untold volumes of questions, beginning with who did it and what happened -- but Midden said rescues always make him wonder "what if?"
"Is she, or was she, with these people?" he asked.
Midden and Pagnac's daughter disappeared just two months before Minnesota's most famous child abduction took place.
"I think about him a lot," said Kevin Best, Jacob Wetterling's cousin.
Best and Wetterling were born just weeks apart, and both were 11 at the time Wetterling was taken. When Best learned of the events unfolding in Cleveland, he posted "Great news out of Cleveland … #HOPE" online.
"Maybe just something in the back of my mind pushed me to do that. I don't normally do that," Best said. "I'm pretty conservative, but maybe Jacob pushed me. I don't know."
Best keeps a picture of him at one of the candlelight vigils held for Wetterling. He's always grown up around hope, but he said it's certainly elevated by news like that coming out of Cleveland.
"I've kind of decided there's two kinds of hope for me," Best told FOX 9 News. "The hope your basketball team wins the evening game and there's a bigger hope in the grand scheme of things where stuff like this can happen -- and does happen. So, we're hoping that we get that call."
As the celebrations continue in Ohio, both Minnesota families are dreaming of the day they can celebrate too.
"It takes one person," Best said. "Someone saw something and acted on it. That's what we're hoping for."
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