“The first-aid kit was wide open,” Woodworth recalled in a 2003 interview with CBS News. “[The] backpack was on the beach, her towel was draped over the back of the chair, sandals were in front, [and] the Poland Spring water bottle was right there. But there was no Molly.”
One hour later, Ed Fett, Molly’s boss, arrived at the scene; and when he realized that Molly was missing, he notified the local police. Three hours later, Magi received a message that no parent ever wants to hear. For although police were working on the assumption that Molly had merely ditched work to spend the day with friends, her family knew straight away that something was very wrong.
“She took her work very seriously,” Molly’s sister Heather told CBS News. “There’s not a doubt in my mind that she would have done anything to jeopardize that.” Magi agreed, saying, “She would never just leave her job. We knew it.”