Then on Friday, October 30, 2015, everything changed. According to Richard, he dropped Tiah outside Marsden State High School at about 8:10 a.m. However, the seventh grade student didn’t show up for any of her classes that day. In fact, the young girl had appeared to have vanished into thin air.
Later that day, the Thorburns reported Tiah as missing, and local police launched a tentative investigation. However, they were aware that the troubled girl had run away from her foster homes before, and they did not go public about Tiah’s disappearance. Later, a number of people felt that the authorities were slow to treat her case as suspicious.