The nine-year-old boy was quite taken with the blonde girl he spotted across the wire fence that separated their bungalows.
He had not seen her before and thought she was pretty, even if she was an inch taller than him. She told him she was living there and her name was Jaycee.
Moments later a tall, forbidding man appeared, grabbed the girl by her arm and bundled her away. Later that day the man started building a 6ft fence around his back garden and Patrick McQuaid, now 27, never saw the girl again.
“I was young, and didn’t think anything of it,” he recalled last week. “Kids came and went all the time. But she sure was pretty.”
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McQuaid reckons that brief encounter happened in July 1991, a memorably hot and dusty summer in the small town of Antioch, east o