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Wednesday, October 13, 2004
From the story about the teenage girl who survived for over a week in her crashed car after leaving a party:
Laura Hatch had last been seen at a party on Oct. 2. The initial search was slowed because there had been underage drinking at the party, and the young people who attended would not say where it had been held, sheriff’s officials said.
-- that's one way of looking at it. Another way of looking at it is that the search was slowed because underage drinking is illegal. The law obviously didn't prevent the drinking, but it caused the partyers to refuse to share vital information with the police.