Missing woman's relatives turn to psychics
Police will join another search Saturday for the Council Bluffs resident.
May 19, 2006
REGISTER AMES BUREAU
Council Bluffs, Ia. - Tracy Tribble of Council Bluffs disappeared May 3, leaving loose the dog she is said to have loved.
The 35-year-old woman's mother has been so distraught that she has stepped out of her house in Omaha only once since Tribble was reported missing. Other family members and friends continue their searches as they grieve, and police report no clues and no suspects in the case. Tribble's relatives and friends will hold another search Saturday.
The efforts to find Tribble have taken a surreal turn as each day leads to more frustration. In the past weeks, family members have turned to psychics for help and have launched a Web site - tracytribble.com.
Meanwhile, Council Bluffs police said this week that they will scale back their presence at the Saturday search mostly because of overtime expenses.
The ordeal has pushed Tribble's relatives to the brink of despair.
"I'm fast approaching destroyed," said Mary Gostomski, Tribble's mother, through sobs Thursday. "But I still have a little bit of hope, just a little bit."
Specialists in loss and grief say people whose loved ones have vanished suffer in a way that is not soothed by designated times of support.
"It's a silent type of grieving," said John Harvey, a psychology professor at the University of Iowa. Help will drift in and out of their lives until the loved one is found, he said.
Experts in law enforcement added that it's not uncommon for families who are desperate for answers to turn to psychics, although the claims of such practitioners are not accepted as legitimate by psychologists.
Searching for Tribble is "the most horrific experience of my life," said Tribble's aunt, Betty Thomas. "I never knew life to be this painful."
Thomas said it was a psychic she trusted who led her to a home in Madison County this week.
When Thomas and her husband reached a farmhouse in Dexter, the psychic "said we found my niece and we started digging, and we didn't get far when an elderly lady came out and started slowly walking towards us. We didn't know what to do, so we decided to leave," Thomas said.
Tribble's father, John Gostomski, said he last spoke to his daughter two days before she disappeared, discussing her new job, which she said she liked. He said she didn't mention any problems with her husband, Stan.
Police in Council Bluffs say Stan Tribble is their only "person of interest" in the case, but he is not a suspect.
In October 2003, Stan Tribble was arrested for aggravated domestic assault for redness on his wife's throat. Against the advice of the Pottawattamie County attorney's office, Tracy Tribble dropped the charges, the county attorney's office said.
In April, Tribble accused her husband of assaulting her. Charges in that case were filed May 11 by the county attorney's office. Authorities said Tribble had been grabbed, poked and punched, with bruises on her throat, chest and arms. She refused medical treatment for those injuries.
Stan Tribble's attorney, James Burger, said his client had no comment. Burger said he also could not comment on the abuse allegations.
Tracy Tribble was last seen by her husband at 6:30 a.m. on May 3, according to police reports. John Gostomski, who lives in Arizona, is staying in the Omaha area, and has created a search headquarters at his Omaha business, Futureware Distributing Inc. He is offering a $75,000 reward for information about his daughter's whereabouts.
"It's our daughter," he said. "We will use our resources to try our darndest to get her back."
Another member of the search team, Bryon Batchelder, who said he dated Tribble before she married Stan Tribble, also met with Diana Abbott, a woman who told him she had psychic abilities.
Abbott said: "Psychics read energy fields. Victims have an energy field around them. ... The energy is still there for Tracy."
Relatives study those conversations closely.
On Wednesday at the search headquarters in Omaha, Patti Gostomski, Tracy Tribble's stepmother, clutched the notes from recordings of those talks.
"She kept saying H.A.," she said, pointing quizzically to the letters on the page.http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll...1001/BUSINESS02
*Project Jason does not encourage the use of psychics*