Yesterday marked the two-year "anniversary" of Jason & Lindsay's murders. It is a day that will never fade from my memory. I can still hardly believe sometimes that someone had the capacity to stand above them and shoot them as they slept. No motive, no reason... why and how would anyone do such a thing? I'll never understand.
Jason & Lindsay's parents traveled to California again for this anniversary... this time to meet with the detectives again and to hold a press conference in the hope that it will trigger more leads. It is so difficult to feel so completely helpless sometimes. I don't know why no one has come forward with information. I'm sure there's someone out there who knows something. Maybe they're afraid to come forward, maybe they don't care... I just wish someone would grow a conscience. Jason & Lindsay's families need the closure. Sometimes it's just plain hard to wait for justice. It seems much too unfair. And it leaves us worried that whoever did this will kill someone else. Obviously he/she/they have the capacity.
We are SO fortunate to have God to help us through this! I don't know what I would do without Him.
Here is an article that was featured today our local paper, The Holland Sentinel:
Parents make plea for clues:
Families visit California beach where couple was slain
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
By CLARK MASON | Santa Rosa Press Democrat
JENNER, Calif -- The parents of a young couple killed on a California beach two years ago visited the scene of the murders Tuesday to pay tribute to their children, make a plea for new clues in the unsolved case and deliver a message to the unknown person who shot them dead on the beach.
The parents of Jason Allen, 26, of Holland Township, and Lindsay Cutshall, 22, of Fresno, Ohio, looked out over the beach north of Jenner where the couple had spent their last night before being discovered dead in their sleeping bags.
It was the first time the parents had made the trip to this place, about 80 miles north of San Francisco, bringing both a sense of sadness and loss, but also joy.
"Here's the place where our devout Christian children last laughed together, ate together, expressed their thoughts and feelings toward each other on Earth, and where they last prayed together and worshipped the Lord just before he took them home to heaven," Chris Cutshall, father of Lindsay, said while reading from a prepared statement.
Chris Cutshall is a pastor of a congregation in Fresno, Ohio, and came to Northern California with his wife, Kathy. He said despite the horrific loss, they felt a sense of joy in the journals, pictures and expressions discovered on the beach with their children.
"We know much of what they were doing and thinking that evening including the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ," Cutshall said.
He said it "warms our hearts to know that when the Lord showed up to take them home they were found faithful and ready. So an overwhelming emotion for us is that this was the place where Jason and Lindsay personally and literally met their Savior and Lord face to face," he said.
Bob and Delores Allen of Holland Township, parents of Jason, also traveled to pay tribute to their child.
They were part of a press conference held by the families before they traveled to the bluff overlooking Fishhead Beach, the place Lindsay and Jason were discovered Aug. 18, 2004.
Much of the motivation for making the trip to Jenner was to again publicize the case which remains unsolved.
Allen and Cutshall were visiting the North Coast on their final weekend in California before they were to return home to be married. They had spent the summer working as counselors and raft guides at a Christian youth camp in El Dorado County.
Sgt. Rob Giordano of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said detectives are still working the case daily.
"We have made progress and are gathering information," he said, but he declined to give details about evidence or any leads they may be following.
"There is nothing significant at this point," he said.
Bob Allen noted that 156 different tips came into law enforcement following the last press release about the case. That was in May, when authorities released digital photos of a black and white hat, journal entries, drawn images of devil-like figures and a beer bottle that were found at the crime scene.
In addition to thanks for the efforts of Jenner residents and law enforcement investigators, the two couples spoke directly to the person or persons who killed their children.
"You are out there perhaps still in this area. We want you to know that you are not alone. God knows what you have done and he knows where you are and he will bring you to justice," Cutshall read.
Jason & Lindsay's parents view the beach where Jason & Lindsay were killed.