JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Rachael’s family tells me the last two days have been a whirlwind. The last two weeks, a nightmare.
There are still many unanswered questions but having Rachael home and safe, is a top priority for the Mattice family.
Two days after Rachael Mattice mysteriously showed up at her mother’s home, police still have little information about her disappearance.
The 24-year-old went missing from her campsite in Wells, sparking a massive search from law enforcement and the community. Her family held vigils hoping to spread the word and bring their family back home.
Rachael met with police on Friday with her family.
Police say Rachael told them she was taken sometime during the early morning hours on June 23 by an unknown subject and was held against her will until July 6.
Rachael provided a general description of a male involved in her disappearance. Police say her description will be reviewed and she will meet with a sketch artist next week to see if she can remember her abductor.
Once the sketch is completed, it will be released.
When Rachael’s cousin Ron Mattice got the phone call of her return early Wednesday morning, it’s all he needed to finally be able to rest.
“There was a part of me, I can’t explain it, that was always convinced that she was alive and that she was somewhere and this would all be explained.”
Ron was finally able to speak with his cousin by phone on Thursday. Hearing her voice was the peace of mind he needed.
“Understandably she sounded tired, she definitely sounds stretched, but good. I can hear relief in her voice and it just felt fantastic just to hear her.”
Ron says he did speak to Rachael on the phone on Thursday and he will be visiting with her and other family Friday night.
Skeptics speak out on social media. Some question Rachael’s story because of the lack of information from police.
Ron says he won’t entertain that negativity.
“If someone wants to theorize from their arm chairs, that’s fine. They don’t know they don’t understand and I don’t have time for them.”
For now, his focus is on seeing his cousin, safe and sound.
“Looking forward to giving her a great big hug. I’ve been saving it for her for two and a half weeks now. My cousin is, I keep using the term spitfire. She’s just full of life.”
Police are asking anyone who may have observed suspicious activities or person on July 6 between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. in the areas of Cayadutta and Warren Street in Johnstown to call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at (518)-548-3113.