Saturday, June 16, 2007


Hannah Klamecki was dead and everyone knew it. She and her grandfather were last seen on Wednesday at the Kankakee River near Momence, Ill. His body was pulled from the river on Friday.

Then Hannah, 5, walked out of the woods with a handful of raspberries.

The Associated Press reports:
"People were like, 'Who's that little girl? That can't be her, can it?"' Kankakee Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ken McCabe said. "I went up to her (and) asked, 'How you doing? What's your name?"' ...

Hannah was taken to a hospital as a precaution. She slept with her parents and a teddy bear at her side before being released. Cradling the bear, she spoke freely of her ordeal Friday evening.

"I was scared last night when everybody was gone," she said. "I went searching all over the world to look for the cottage (where her grandparents live)."

Hannah had scratches on her face and body and thick dirt under her nails. She had poison ivy rashes on her legs and couldn't walk because splinters and thorns cut her feet. ...

Authorities believe the river current swept the girl away from a small island where she and her grandfather had stopped to swim and to the shore of the mainland where she eventually was found.

She told searchers she was wearing floats on her arms and pulled herself from the water with a branch.

"That's a tough little girl, I tell you," McCabe said.
Tougher than at least one 26-year-old woman who couldn't survive two hours in the woods, much less two days.


Blue Girl, Red State said...

Wow. Have you read "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon"? First thing I thought of. I already cut away and posted up (linking back to you).

Anonymous said...

HAMRA'S HUBRIS Too bad Messenger did not have them do a story---instead he twisted all around to make a no story--it is called brown nosing with money people. HAMRA'S HUBRIS

We need to start a drive to get Robert Leger back!!!!!!!

Have you noticed everywhere the stores---gas stations etc. NO ONE is buying the stacks of News-Leader right into the night!

I.E. a News-Leader Meltdown or maybe they should just say went out of business!

Anonymous said...

Better yet--- a drive to get Ron Davis in --- he would help make sure the paper "is a watch dog of the people"