There, the Sharps happened upon what appeared to be a stroke of luck. Gary Mollath, the owner of a local resort, was attempting to rescue his dying business by hiring log cabins out to families wishing to live there all year round. The rent was affordable, and consequently, in November 1980, the Sharps moved into a three-bedroom property.
Unfortunately, Keddie was not the best place in which to raise a family. Indeed, the struggling railroad town was rife with violence and petty crime. On top of that, the conditions inside the cabin were far from luxurious, with Sue often sleeping on the sofa while the children shared rooms.
Nonetheless, the family soon settled in to life in the mountains. The children made friends, often playing in the forest surrounding the resort. Meanwhile, despite her reserved nature, Sue forged a close bond with one of her neighbors and even went on dates with local men – until a horrific turn of events that changed everything.