Roman Free Press, April 19, 2015
Venetia Province (RFP)- The City of Verona is no stranger to martial
squabbles. The setting to William Shakespeare's famous play, “Romeo and
Juliet” and home to one of the world's highest rates of divorce,
the citizens are well-versed in the lores of love unfulfilled.
However, none of those stories could ever top that of Sergio Sacchi's.
Since there is almost no way of recounting the story without inducing obvious reactions, it will be told very bluntly.
begins on the day of February 9, 2013, when Sacchi and his wife,
Meredith (nee Collins), met their new neighbour within their quaint cul
de sac in the sururbs of Verona. His name was Porter MacTavish, who had
recently arrived in Verona from Birea. MacTavish was a quiet, but
friendly man, who always offered at least a “hello” and a chance at
small talk. He was very relaxed, a stark contrast to the busy lifestyle
of the native Veronan, but he soon warmed up to Sacchi and his wife. As
MacTavish worked at home and Meredith was a housewife, the two of them
would eventually forge a strong bond.
That, according to Sacchi,
was the harbinger of things to come. About a year and a half later, on
September 22, 2014, Sacchi came home from work to find his wife missing.
He said he went to visit MacTavish only to find his house door wide
open but without a single item in sight- it was if MacTavish had
vanished without a trace.
Sacchi said he immediately called the
police, but was warned that the process could take a while since there
was not a lot of evidence to work with. He was also told that he may
have to accept an alternate possibility, that his wife may have fled on
her own accord.
“That's preposterous,” he said, angrily. “I know my wife, she wouldn't do that. We loved each other.”
police didn't see it that way, and initially charged him with domestic
assault and her kidnapping, before being forced to drop the charges due
to a lack of evidence. Not once, Sacchi asserts, did they look into
MacTavish, despite Sacchi's repeated claims.
“They say I'm
delusional,” said Sacchi, angrily. “I think the police are just being
'politically correct' and failing to implicate the real culprits, who
are the Bireans. The evidence is there if they'd just look.”
the police failing him, Sacchi went online, finding through social
media a lot of men like him who told similar stories of Birean “friends”
who'd pop up into their lives and eventually kidnap their wives or
daughters or sisters, and leave without any kind of trace. He says many
of these men have become his friends, and together they hope to uncover
the truth behind the disappearances.
Verona Police Chief Enrico Favale insists that, despite Sacchi's claims, he has no biases against him.
just common practice,” Favale said, “to look at the husband first when
investigating the disappearance of a wife. Our investigators did a poor
job communicating that to Mr. Sacchi, but I stand by their findings.”
says his investigators have done their due diligence, though he
declined to get into too many specifics, citing the sensitive nature of
the investigation. He did state that at the Sacchi home there was no
sign of forced entry, which indicates that MacTavish was let inside
willingly, and that there were no signs of foul play. He also told
reporters that he found no “irregularities” concerning the phone or bank
records of MacTavish or anyone within the Sacchi residence, nor did
investigators find anything suspicious concerning travel or travelers to
and from Birea.
“It's obvious that if- and I can't emphasize
that it's only an 'if',” said Favale, “if Mrs. Sacchi was indeed
abducted by Mr. MacTavish that they fled the country via falsified
documents, documents paid with through cash.
“However, at this
stage, something like that is pure conjecture, as we have no evidence
that Mrs. Sacchi or Mr. MacTavish have left Venetia. Therefore, we are
treating both subjects as missing persons, and have devoted the
appropriate resources to those cases.”
When asked about the
similar nature to Sacchi's case with other allegations spread across the
Internet, Favale simply stated that he has no evidence to suggest that
any of them are related.
“These are simply stories,” said Favale,
“with very few police reports, and very little to connect those reports
besides some very broad similarities.
“That said, we do urge the
public that if you do have concerns to relay the information to us. The
more incidents that are brought to our attention, the greater the
chance that we have to make a connection, if in fact there is one. Right
now, there just isn't the evidence to make that connection, and none
appears to be forthcoming. So therefore, we are sticking with our
initial analysis but have kept the case open for further investigation.”