In May 2017, Parker Live was one of the few news outlets to cover the disappearance of an Alabama woman called Sandy Giles. The story generated a lot of interest and speculation in the Parker area, because Sandy’s car was discovered not far outside of town, a few miles west on CA-62. There were precious few clues as to where she may have gone, and her family was distressed by her disappearance.
Then, last November, we reported that a body matching Sandy had been discovered, 10 feet off the side of the same highway, just 800 feet from where her car was found several months earlier. One of Sandy’s family members told the public that law enforcement suspected that road graders had inadvertently covered her with dirt as they graded the road a few days after her disappearance, precluding searchers from finding her until some researchers working along the highway made the discovery the following Fall.
But some people aren’t happy with this explanation. Comments have continued to flow about Sandy’s death, and this one is just the latest:
Based on the 10 by 800 foot calculation of where her body was found and the reasonable assumption that Sandy Giles body did not lay there along the road, covered by dirt/sand, for 6 months, do you know if the owners of that RV/Boat junkyard right where she was found were questioned and if so, did San Bernardino get a search warrant to bring their cadaver dogs onto that property?
No one can seem to get any science out of this supposed “Forensic Autopsy”. If Sandy was held captive on this property for any duration of time, a 1st year Forensic Scientist could rule this property out very quickly. Of course with that said we would have to presume San Bernardino has someone or people of this caliber, so far there is no evidence that San Bernardino has that expertise.
Also, it does not appear that these kind and loving people in Alabama, ie, Sandy’s family, have an Attorney who could force the issues instead of this case just going cold.
– Chris S.
Chris isn’t alone in his skepticism. Other comments include criticism of the way law enforcement handled the case, especially San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, which was in charge of investigating Sandy’s disappearance, the belief that others know more than what they’re saying, the assertion that there’s some truth that isn’t being reported, that kind of thing.
To answer Chris’s question: no, I don’t know whether the owners of any nearby junkyard were questioned. (To my knowledge there is no junkyard “right where she was found”.
But if you’ll forgive me, there’s a better question to ask of the doubters here, I think, and it has to do with Occam’s Razor (the principle that the simplest explanation tends to be the correct one).
Consider the odds of the following scenarios being true:
- Sandy suffered a (fairly common) fatal medical emergency after attempting to walk to get gas in the summer heat, and was not discovered for several months because of routine grading on the not-well-trodden desert highway;
- Sandy was the victim of a (extremely uncommon) kidnapping and murder plot, and the perpetrators waited several months before covertly placing her rapidly-decomposing body back out on the highway again.
I’m no detective, but there’s little doubt in my mind as to which is the more plausible explanation, and the simplest. Occasionally there are more complex circumstances, of course, so it’s not impossible. But in the absence of any compelling reason to suspect otherwise, Occam’s Razor would dictate that we accept the simpler explanation here.
There’s no doubt that Sandy’s death was very sad. I talked to her daughter Kendal after she disappeared, and she was definitely distressed about it, as anybody in her shoes would be. The family went through a lot last year, and I’m sure they’re still in grief.
But that doesn’t mean some nefarious thing happened, for no known reason or motive, in an area not known for such things and with no history of it. And that isn’t me being uniquely defensive of the Parker area because I live here; it’s just a probability thing. Sometimes sad things happen, and while they’re packed full of emotion for the people invested in them, it doesn’t mean that they’re the result of a wicked plot or evil intent.
What do you think, reader? Do you agree with me? If not, feel free to let us know using the comments section below. Why do you think the simpler theory does not explain the facts of Sandy’s tragic death? After all, it’s always good to have an open mind about these things.