That day, the teenager had made plans to meet her boyfriend for a tennis match at 12:30 p.m. before attending an afternoon class at 4:00 p.m. At 9:30 a.m., then, she set out on her daily ride as usual. And, determined to keep to her schedule, she asked Patty to come looking for her if she had not returned by noon.
Apparently, even a flat tire could not stop Tara from enjoying her daily cycle. Instead, she borrowed her mother’s bike – a bright one with yellow cables. And on this somewhat noticeable vehicle, she was spotted some two miles from her home at around 11:45 a.m.