By Marianne Lincoln
Today, The News Tribune broke the story that remains found February 28 in Lewis County were identified as belonging to Chris Videll of Spanaway. Chris has been missing since February 9, 2012 when he failed to show up for a shift at work that morning.
After my regular work day, I headed over to the home of his parents, Melanie and Paul Virdell. Over the past two and a half years, I have spent a considerable amount of time visiting with the Virdells. In fact, the Pierce Prairie Post was conceived on a street corner after a Bethel employee and I had a long discussion about the Virdell case. The information about this case just simply wasn’t reaching the local population.Melanie and Paul Virdell want you all to know they appreciate all the good wishes, sentiments and messages of sympathy they have been receiving today. There have been so many messages, they simply haven’t been able to respond to them.
At the same time the news was brought to their doorstep last night, another serious accident took the live of two local residents. The Sheriff’s Deputy apologized that his Chaplain was busy. Melanie wanted to let the family of Alex Baker know they are in her thoughts and prayers also. She also mentioned she wishes well for those still searching for Justin Morris.
Melanie Virdell was lighting candles in the house, noting there was still much to be done on the case of her son’s abduction and murder. They show some relief, yet still, they are weary and know the job of getting to the bottom of what happened isn’t over. Paul, Chris’ father told stories of various information he has heard and messages he has received from psychics around the country that have been inspired to contribute their skills to the case. He has a wall full of these messages and a map of places that have been searched.
No plans for a memorial have been created yet as the news is so fresh. I have no doubt it will happen in the not too distant future. We will keep you “Posted.” Rest in Peace Chris.