Sunday, June 2, 1991

‘Remember her and keep looking’; After 8 year , friend till !ait for Ann "otlib
By Lawrence Muhammad The Courier-Journal Under an overcast sunset yesterday, about 50 people tied yellow ribbons on a spruce tree in remembrance o !nn "otlib, the #$-year-old %irl whose disappearance ei%ht years a%o spar&ed a nationwide search that is yet unresolved' The tree, dedicated to "otlib last year, was part o a ma&eshi t shrine erected on the lawn o the Meredith-(unn Learnin% Center, )0$) Melbourne !ve' There was also an ##-by#*-inch computer-%enerated li&eness o "otlib as she would loo& today, at $0, set between two &erosene torches lic&erin% atop +- oot poles' ,The only thin% we can do or our child now is remember her and &eep loo&in%,, said her mother, Lyudmila "otlib' !nn "otlib vanished rom Bash ord Manor Mall on June #, #-.)' /er bicycle was ound on the southeast side o the mall' Local and ederal authorities have conducted an intensive search in the years since, interviewin% more than #,000 people and investi%atin% more than $00 possible suspects' 0po&esmen or the law-en orcement a%encies say the case is still under investi%ation' 1hoto%raphs o "otlib2s smilin%, rec&led ace under shoulder-len%th red hair were spread nationally on mil& cartons, utility bills, posters and shoppin% ba%s' The search seemed to eed aspects o the mystery but produced ew clues' Two years a%o, 3!45-T4 aired a )0-minute documentary, the result o #0 wee&s o chasin% leads in several ma6or cities and developin% theories on whether the %irl, whose amily had emi%rated rom the 0oviet Union, was actually abducted -- as widely believed -- or ran away' !ccordin% to the pro%ram, more than 500 people -- in nearly every state and the 0oviet Union -- have reported seein% "otlib, and U'0' intelli%ence a%ents pursued speculation that she was &idnapped by the 7"B' Then last March, $0 local police and 8B9 a%ents with shovels and a bulldo:er searched a remote area o 8ort 7no; where a Te;as convict said he murdered and buried a , rec&leaced %irl, while he was stationed there in #-.)'

<othin% has been ound in ei%ht years' But throu%h it all, "otlib2s parents and their supporters have &ept a brave, hope ul vi%il in the orm o yearly observances, irst at Bash ord Manor, then the Je erson County Courthouse, the Jewish Community Center and, or the last two years, the Meredith-(unn Learnin% Center' 9n the )0-minute ceremony yesterday, =abbi Leonard (evine o The Temple brie ly recalled the !nn "otlib he &new as ,vital, beauti ul, dreamin% o a uture,, and =osie <orris, o the 5;ploited Children2s /elp >r%ani:ation, a Louisville activist %roup, ur%ed those who ,ache to hold !nn in your arms, to &eep holdin% her in their hearts' /er mother e;pressed %ratitude or the observances but wasn2t sure how much %ood they do' ,3e eel we have to stay with it, no matter the result,, she said' ,3e are not %oin% to %ive up, even i it ta&es the rest o our lives', !s&ed about the theory that !nn mi%ht be livin% a normal li e outside captivity, her ather, !natoly "otlib, said, ,that2s one possibility', 0ome investi%ators have speculated that the %irl, who emi%rated with her parents in #-.0, ran away because she ound ad6ustment to !merican li e di icult' 9 she is alive and ree, her ather said, ,we want her to &now we are waitin% or her, that we love her' 3e want her to come bac& home', !nyone with in ormation about "otlib2s whereabouts or disappearance should call local police or the <ational Center or Missin% and 5;ploited Children at #-.00-.?)-5+*.'

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