Mr. Couey, Welcome to Hell

If you were with me in the winter of 2005, you may have read these posts about Jessica Lunsford, a beautiful Florida girl was missing for two weeks before investigators found her body. 3.19.05 Grant Her Peace 3.17.05 Person of Interest in Custody 3.5.05 Update on Missing Florida 9-Year-Old 2.28.05 Jessica Lunsford

She was sexually assaulted for a week, then buried alive by this evil son of a bitch:

0_61_couey_john.jpgCouey, a convicted sex offender, buried Lunsford alive in two black trash bags with her hands bound and her favorite purple stuffed dolphin tucked in her arms, Circuit Judge Richard Howard said. Lunsford's body was found in a grave in Couey's yard about three weeks after she disappeared.

The good news: tonight, he's been sentenced to death.

Jessica Lunsford

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Jessica Lunsford

Children go missing all the time.  Every incident takes a bit of life out of normal people.  But there's something about this little girl's smile that absolutely tears me apart inside.  Maybe something about her eyes reminds me of my late daughter. I don't know. 

Anyway, I pray that she is unharmed--physically and psychologically.  Logically, I know the odds are really, really low, but, God, I pray  for most naive hope.

And if she's not, I hope the horrible freak who would stoop to visit any harm to such a beautiful little girl meets a fate worse than any psychopathic torture junky could dream up. 

UPDATE:  from FoxNews

Despite heavy rain and a tornado watch, nearly 540 volunteers turned out to comb the rural community of 2,300 people, about 60 miles north of Tampa (search).

But she's still not home where she belongs, and I'm still praying she gets home soon.  God bless her.