The Search Begins
What forty-one-year-old Instructor Dorothy Connors told the officer turned the investigation upside down and shed a new light on a seemingly non-alarming incident?
A petite redhead with green eyes, Dorothy was divorced with one grown daughter. She volunteered her free time at the local Pet Orphanage, a non-profit organization that placed abandoned or neglected dogs and cats within new homes.
She described Annette “a good student,” who at times had difficulties concentrating on her studies.
“I felt sorry for Annette and befriended her,” she told the officer.
Dorothy described three letters Annette sent her depicting sexual and mental abuse instigated by Dale Johnston. The letters talked of Annette wanting to run away, but she was afraid her stepfather would find her and punish her. Dale Johnston threatened each boyfriend Annette had and forced Annette to accompany him, alone, on camping trips, where he regularly seduced her, then rewarded her with money or new clothes.
Annette wrote of Sarah being aware of the attacks, but refused to acknowledge them or stop them, claiming Sarah cared only about her marriage.
According to Dorothy, she advised Annette to move out of her stepfather’s trailer or report the attacks, but unfortunately, “My advice came too late,” she said.
Many came forward, telling officers Dale “showered” Annette with gifts, while ignoring other family members.