Patty and Mike Bradbury, the Huntington Beach couple whose 3-year-old daughter, Laura, was kidnaped seven months ago, observed Mother’s Day at a local bus stop where the first of 30 posters bearing Laura’s picture and description was put on display.
The 4-by-6-foot posters will be placed at bus stops between Oxnard and Oceanside by Target Media. Tony Mollicone, the firm’s general manager, said he hopes his membership in a national advertisers’ organization will lead to a nationwide proliferation of the posters.
The first poster was displayed Sunday at AdamsAvenue and Brookhurst Street. Flanked by a local congressman, more than two dozen well-wishers and the two businessmen who donated the posters and advertising space, a tearful Patty Bradbury acknowledged the many people helping in the search for Laura.
“We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts” for the overwhelming community effort, she said. “We pray she will come back and we can thank each and every one of you personally.”
Rep. Daniel E. Lungren (R-Long Beach) noted that the bus-stop posters join pictures of missing children now on milk cartons, grocery gags, bumper stickers, semi-trailer trucks and lapel buttons.
“At the end of the month, Laura is supposed to celebrate her fourth birthday,” Lungren said. “We do not know if she will be found by then, but for her, and the thousands of cases like hers, we must be certain that every course of action is being taken.”
Anyone with information regarding Laura’s whereabouts or the abduction at the Joshua Tree National Monument in San Bernardino County on Oct. 18 is asked to call 960-3017.