Mother's Pain Still Fresh

Bobby Ross Jr. Published: May 28, 1993
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EDMOND - One year later, Jackie Taylor's pain still feels as fresh as if the tragic loss occurred yesterday.

Her grief, she said, seems a thousand years old.

Even after 52 weeks and countless sleepless nights, the Edmond woman still can't bear to peek for more than a few seconds at the numerous photographs that dot her living-room walls.

The photographs, lasting color images of Taylor's 7-year-old granddaughter, Cynthia M. Britto, and her daughter, Wendy Laraine Camp, 24, provide a glimpse of happier times.

But even those memories cut like a knife through Taylor's heart.

"If any emotion penetrates through, it shatters me," said Taylor, cigarette in hand. "The pain just rolls all over me.

"I cannot deal with it and cope with it, so I have to keep everything at a distance and stay as tough as I can. " Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of Britto, Camp and Camp's sister-in-law, Lisa Renee Kregear, 23, all of northwest Oklahoma City.

The three traveled to Shamrock on May 29, 1992, to visit Camp's son, Jonathan Noe, now 5, at his father's home. They never returned. Family members last heard from them about 5 p.m. that Friday before Memorial Day when they called to tell Camp's husband, Leon, they were headed home.

Beverly Noe, the boy's grandmother, picked the trio up in Oklahoma City that morning and drove them to Shamrock, said Kym Koch, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

On the return trip, Beverly Noe has told investigators, an argument ensued between her and Camp, her ex-daughter-in-law, Koch said. Noe has said she stopped at a Wal-Mart in Chandler and told the three to get out sometime between 5:30 and 6 p.m. that day.

Two possible sightings of the two women and child at the Wal-Mart have been reported to the OSBI, but Koch said investigators have questions about the validity of the witnesses' statements.

"We haven't been able to get good enough descriptions to determine if the witnesses actually saw them there," Koch said.

Camp and ex-husband Chad Noe were embroiled in a custody dispute over the then 4-year-old at the time of the disappearance. Camp's mother and stepfather, Ed Taylor, said they have continued that court battle, seeking grandparent visitation rights.

In the months since the disappearance, law-enforcement officials have conducted aerial and ground searches of three counties, offered a $5,000 reward for tips in the case, and distributed a picture and information about Britto in five million gas customers' billings.

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