OK, we couldn't let this one slip by. According to this morning's Post-Dispatch, the police department in the town of Woodstock, Ill., is on the hunt for missing person Beth Bentley, who was last seen eight months ago in Centralia, Ill., located about an hour east of St. Louis.
The case is a sad one, but we found it amusing when the article indicated that the Woodstock police, having exhausted all traditional investigation tactics, "sought a psychic's opinion."
Huh? Is that normal?
We checked in with Woodstock Police Chief Robert Lowen to see if channeling supernatural powers was de rigueur in his department. Despite what the Post article might lead you to believe, he says, his detectives didn't exactly "seek out" the seer.
"This person came to us, to offer, I guess, her services," says Lowen. "The investigators didn't put much credence in her scenario."
Lowen wouldn't give us the identity of the fortuneteller, so we ran a quick Google search, which pointed us to one "Miss Stevens," listed as the closest psychic practicing in the area. (Also a European healer and miracle worker, according to her website.)
Miss Stevens, alas, would not confess whether it was she who counseled the police department, citing it as "privileged information." But she did assure us that the consultation in question shouldn't raise any eyebrows. "Many police stations come to psychics for many different reasons to get answers," she says.