One year ago today
the Audrey Seiler saga began.
For five days after she was last leaving her dorm in the wee morning hours, the UW student and Rockford Minnesota native's whereabouts remained in question, as scores searched the area for Audrey and her wouldbe attacker.
Then, the report from a Madison Police spokesperson.
"We have confirmedit is Audrey that we have located. I just got a condition report from the hospital, she is fine."
"We're just very happy to be reunited with Audrey, and she's happy to be with us," Audrey's mother exclaimed.
But, under intense scrutiny from hoards of local and national media outlets, Seiler's story would soon be determined to be just that
Madison Police Chief Noble Wray's words, "We do not believe that there is a suspect at large, period."
We reviewed our practices, our procedures, our investigations and we're very happy and confident with what we did," says Madison Police spokesperson, Larry Kamholz.
One year later, despite questions regarding search personnel, procedure and payment, Kamholz says the department remains proud of its response, and, more importantly, the outcome of perhaps the highest-profile case in its history.
Kamholz continues, " We had a lotta exposure and it was huge, and we had to be very methodical with our response and our information that we released because everybody was so involved and so critical of everything."
Kamholz says he's remained in close contact with the Seiler family explaining they plan to show their appreciation for the community's response to their crisis.
"Just so many partners that were identified, who stepped forward and really helped out, you know, not only the Audrey family but the police department, the fire department and the community as large, so it was really a very good testament of what Madison is all about."
Kamholz says Seiler paid several thousand dollars in fines.
He says the 21-year-old is going above and beyond her court-ordered therapy, explaining she's started a support group for women who may be experiencing emotional strife similar to hers.