Shaping A Narrative: How The 'Eyewitnesses' Went From 'Seeing Someone Who Matched The Description of Karlie' To 'Seeing Karlie'
On October 11, 2019, Mono County Sheriff, Ingrid Braun spoke at the first press conference held for Karlie Guse since her disappearance on October 13, 2018. Officially, there has been little said about Karlie’s disappearance. Sheriff Braun has released scant amounts of information by way of the Mono County Sheriff’s Facebook Page, with a handful of quoteables and sound bites given to mainstream media in which she sounds like a pull string doll. The only time she has deviated from her same three sentences is when she has admonished those who are vocal about their suspicions regarding Karlie’s father and stepmother’s involvement in her disappearance.
The first person to tell the world about Karlie’s disappearance was her stepmother, Melissa Guse in her now infamous Facebook Lives. In the 27-30 Facebook Lives that Melissa generated in nine days, she gave some basic information, some of which was incorrect. It wasn’t until her October 22, 2018 Facebook Live that everyone got a little more of the backstory as to what happened leading up to Karlie’s disappearance. Even then, there are huge gaps in time with no explanation or specifics given. Nothing the Guse’s have said is absolute or consistent.
Unofficially, there has been an immense amount of information with very little clarity given by the people who were the last to ‘officially’ see Karlie…her father and stepmother. Melissa Guse, who had initially utilized Facebook and averaged 3+ Facebook Lives/day in the nine days following Karlie’s disappearance, had gone silent following her Nancy Grace interview. The flow of information about Karlie went from a flash flood to barely a trickle within fourteen days. One thing has remained consistent…Melissa is sure to mention the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’ at every opportunity given. The consistency is in the mentioning, not the verbiage used regarding the three ‘confirmed eyewitnesses’. It makes sense for Melissa to mention them so often because the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’ are the only thing keeping her from being named ‘a person of interest’ in Karlie’s disappearance. Sheriff Ingrid Braun also has trouble remaining consistent when referencing the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’. The devil’s in the details, not the lettuce, and when there’s a missing child, details matter.
So, deep in the rabbit hole we go to look back at references made about the ‘eyewitnesses’ over the last twelve months to answer the question, when did the ‘three confirmed eyewitnesses’ who initially were reported to have seen ‘someone matching the description of Karlie’ morph into actually ‘seeing Karlie’ ? If we are able to see when this occurred, then we may better understand the deeper question of ‘why’ this occurred.