My daughter, Beth, was in band at Shawnee Mission West High School with Kelsey Smith, the 18 year-old girl apparently abducted from a Target parking lot here in Overland Park on Saturday night. The band has a very active parents’ organization called Band Aides West. Within 12 hours of Kelsey’s disappearance, Band Aids was taking the lead to organize the search and support the family. Band Aids asked my wife, Laura, to go to the Smith home yesterday and take a shift answering the phone. After arriving there, Laura became aware of a need for a web site about Kelsey that could handle the load coming from national news exposure, including Greta Van Susteren and Nancy Grace, as well as extensive coverage from the local media.
Through the intense efforts of Brian, Leo, and Chuck http://www.findkelsey.com/ (see mirror of original HTML site) went live yesterday around 5 pm. Glenn Kelly and Vine Hosting are providing hosting at no charge. Glenn even missed part of his daughter’s second birthday party to help set up the site on multiple servers to handle the load.
The site is linked from the home page of the Kansas City Star, the story about Kelsey on Fox News, and many other sites. It is also on flyers being posted all over town. The site is now averaging 2.6+ page views per second during waking hours.
Please stop what you are doing right now and pray for Kelsey, for her family, for the police, and for all of the volunteers who are supporting them and helping search.