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My sister is one of the disappeared ("The Humboldt 35," Feb. 1). She vanished into thin air. How this happened remains a mystery. Possible explanations include murder, escape and assisted suicide. I like to imagine she was rescued from Humboldt by one of her old boyfriends, who whisked her off to a tropical paradise like Costa Rica.

This is improbable but it comforts me.

She has or had mental health issues, and although she is an extreme case, her disappearance puts a spotlight on our utterly, utterly inadequate mental health services environment, which has only worsened in the years since her disappearance, even as our county's mental health problems have intensified.

Ellen Taylor, Petrolia

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