What happened to Jeffrey Ake?
6 months ago, a Hoosier's disappearance in Iraq stunned LaPorte. But today, residents barely speak of his case.....
For the people of LaPorte, population: 22,000, it was a strange and frightening thing to see a neighbor -- a guy you'd see around town, a businessman, a husband and father of four, a Rotarian -- ashen-faced, shaken, surrounded by hooded gunmen on a grainy videotape from the Arab satellite network Al-Jazeera.
The townsfolk sprang to action the way people do in such a crisis: They tied ribbons around trees in their yards, they spelled out "Pray for Jeff Ake" on the signs at their businesses, they expressed fear and hope to the media that swarmed them, and they organized a candlelight vigil.
And then, suddenly, Ake was not news. The candlelight vigil was canceled. Ake's neighbors suddenly went silent......