OTTAWA — A recently retired teacher's decision to travel the back roads of France led him to a frantic 11-year-old girl who was bound and gagged and running for her life in the rain.
Former high school music teacher Jack Hurd of Perth, Ont., believes he was destined to make all those unplanned, random turns on country back roads.
"It felt random, like somebody was drawing me to that place," he said.
Just two hours after he found her, a 26-year-old man was arrested based on the girl's description.
It happened April 10. Hurd decided to drive the back roads because of the cold rain falling in the tiny hamlet south of Nantes in the west of France.
Shortly after 1 p.m., Hurd headed out on a random mission, headed vaguely north, exploring.
"Just following my nose," he said. "I'd veer off, go up and down country lanes. I was only gone about five or 10 minutes to a place w
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