The story does have a happy ending. More than 1,000 volunteers searched for my Mom and a fireman found her the next day. His first name was Richard and Mom later named her first born son after him.
I made a layout about this story last year, based on an interview with Mom, which is in the journaling block.
I couldn't blog this last year because the layout was picked up for publication. It was published in March/April 2012 issue of Creating Keepsakes. Mom got a kick from the article because the editor's note talked about ways to preserve the oral histories of your "ancestors."
Here's a closeup of the newspaper article that's tucked under the photo:
Now that I am a Mom, her story is heart-stopping to me. I can't imagine my fear if my little boy were to go missing. But when I was a kid and Mom told this story to me, it was always as a fun adventure and I loved for her to tell it to me over and over. One good thing that came from Mom's unexpected adventure were some great family photos and news clippings from all over. There was television coverage of this too and I hope to recover it someday.