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WARREN: Search on for missing mom

 

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WARREN -- The disappearance of a Warren Township woman is under investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and Warren Police Department.

Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said Margaret Haddican-McEnroe was reported missing by her husband on Oct. 12. He last saw her at about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

When Mr. McEnroe returned home at about 3 p.m. Oct. 10, he discovered his wife gone and their infant child home alone.

Mr. McEnroe told police his wife had threatened suicide in the past and may be suffering from post-partum depression.

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe last was seen wearing a grey sweatshirt with "ARMY" written across the front in black letters, white plaid pajama bottoms, white socks and white Nike sneakers. She was also wearing a silver chain with military dog tags and a white-gold wedding ring with three diamonds. She also may have a black BDU (military style) jacket and black duffle bag with additional clothing.
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Police searching for missing Warren Township mom

Posted by The Star-Ledger October 18, 2006 15:26

Police are searching for a 29-year-old Warren Township mother and firefighter who has been missing since Oct. 10, police said today.

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, an Army veteran and mother of an infant child was reported missing by her husband, Timothy, last Thursday, police said.

McEnroe told police he returned home Oct. 10 and discovered his wife gone and their baby home alone. He said his wife had threatened suicide in the past and may be suffering from post-partum depression, police said.http://www.blogs.nj.com/newsupdates/...sp?item=237349

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Warren woman still missing

Posted by The Star-Ledger October 20, 2006 16:10

Police are continuing their search for a missing Warren Township firefighter who disappeared last week.

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, 29, was last seen by her husband, Timothy McEnroe, at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at their home, police said. When McEnroe returned from running errands at 3 p.m., he found Haddican-McEnroe gone and their five-month-old daughter Melissa home alone, police said.

McEnroe told police his wife had threatened suicide in the past and was suffering from post-partum depression, police said. Thinking she would return, he did not report her missing until Oct. 12, he said. NJ.com : Everything Jersey

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Last Name Haddican-McEnroe

First Name Margaret

Middle Name

Sex Female

Race Caucasian

Date Of Birth 08/25/1977

Place Of Birth MS

Height 5'2"

Weight 110 pounds

Hair Brown

Eyes Brown

Complexion Light

Scars/Marks/Tattoos See Below

Last Seen October 10, 2006

Margaret was last seen at her residence in Warren Township, NJ on October 10, 2006. Her mental state is unknown at this time.

She does have a tribal tattoo on her stomach, a fire helmet on her left thigh, and numerous tattoos on her back. She is believed to be traveling on foot.

Margaret was last seen wearing a black "BDU" jacket, a grey "Army" sweatshirt with black lettering, white checkered pajama pants, white socks, and white "Nike" sneakers.

She was wearing a silver chain with dog tags and a white wedding ring with three diamonds. She may be carrying a black bag containing additional clothing.

Margaret also uses the birth name of Sherwood Haley.

Any further information, please contact Warren Township Police Department at #908-753-1000 or NJSP Missing Persons Unit at #800-709-7090

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Courier News Online - Missing Warren mom was hero during flood

Missing Warren mom was hero during flood.

By CELANIE POLANICK

Staff Writer

WARREN -- A young mother missing since last week was a volunteer firefighter who helped save the lives of a township couple during Hurricane Floyd in September 1999.

As a member of the Washington Valley Fire Department, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, now 29, was one of several firefighters who helped rescue Brookside Kennels owners Ed and Linda Wozniak from a rampaging stream on their property.

During the rescue, Haddican-McEnroe, fellow firefighter Brian Sutherland and the Wozniaks were swept off their feet and carried by the rampaging currents into chest-high water, clinging to trees.

As Sutherland inched his way out to get help, Haddican-McEnroe kept the Wozniaks calm, staying with them for three hours as they endured a torrent of water and debris. Ed Wozniak suffered a heart attack, but kept holding on.

The young firefighter, then 21, later said she had feared for their lives, but had lied to Linda Wozniak to reassure her that they would be rescued.

"I personally didn't feel like we were going to get out," she said a few months after the rescue. "I tried not to think about it, but I believe in the guys from Washington Valley and I knew they wouldn't let me die."

Haddican-McEnroe was reported missing Oct. 12 by her husband, Timothy McEnroe, who last saw her at about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10. He returned home two hours later to find her gone and their infant home alone, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest announced Wednesday.

Haddican-McEnroe also left behind her cell phone, and did not take her car.

Her husband told police that she had threatened suicide in the past, and that she could be suffering from postpartum depression.

Her father, Patrick Haddican, said Margaret Haddican-McEnroe grew up as the oldest of four adopted children.

Haddican hopes the police won't jump to the conclusion that his daughter abandoned her children, but will take the possibility of kidnapping seriously, he said.

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10/24/2006

WARREN TWP. -- The whereabouts of a mother of three children who is also a township firefighter remain unknown, several days after her husband reported her missing, authorities said.

The woman, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, 29, was reported missing by her husband, Timothy, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

He had last seen her at their Washington Valley Road home at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10.

On that day, he left for an errand and returned two hours later, when he found his wife missing and their infant child, Melissa, 6 months, home alone.

Somerset Prosecutor Wayne Forrest, in a telephone interview on Monday, said there have not been any new developments in the investigation, adding that she is still presumed missing.

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WARREN: Search on for missing mom


Courier News Online - WARREN: Search on for missing mom

WARREN -- The disappearance of a Warren Township woman is under investigation by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office and Warren Police Department.

Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said Margaret Haddican-McEnroe was reported missing by her husband on Oct. 12. He last saw her at about 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10.

When Mr. McEnroe returned home at about 3 p.m. Oct. 10, he discovered his wife gone and their infant child home alone.

Mr. McEnroe told police his wife had threatened suicide in the past and may be suffering from post-partum depression.

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe last was seen wearing a grey sweatshirt with “ARMY†written across the front in black letters, white plaid pajama bottoms, white socks and white Nike sneakers. She was also wearing a silver chain with military dog tags and a white-gold wedding ring with three diamonds. She also may have a black BDU (military style) jacket and black duffle bag with additional clothing.

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WARREN TWP.  The whereabouts of a mother of three children who is also a township firefighter remain unknown, several days after her husband reported her missing, authorities said.

The woman, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, 29, was reported missing by her husband, Timothy, on Thursday, Oct. 12.

He had last seen her at their Washington Valley Road home at 1:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10.

On that day, he left for an errand and returned two hours later, when he found his wife missing and their infant child, Melissa, 6 months, home alone.

Somerset Prosecutor Wayne Forrest, in a telephone interview on Monday, said there have not been any new developments in the investigation, adding that she is still presumed missing.

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Missing woman's family still hopes for return

The Warren Township volunteer firefighter and mother of 3 disappeared in October

Thursday, November 02, 2006

BY CLAIRE HEININGER

Star-Ledger Staff

Despite going three weeks with no sign of Margaret Haddican- McEnroe, family and friends of the missing Warren Township woman said they still trust she will return home unharmed.

Investigators have followed up on various leads and conducted several searches since the Oct. 10 disappearance but have been unable to locate the 29-year-old volunteer firefighter and mother of three, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said yesterday. He declined to say whether authorities presume Haddican-McEnroe is alive.

"We have no way of making a decision one way or another definitively at this point," Forrest said.

The lack of information has been disheartening to Haddican- McEnroe's family but has not dampened their hopes of finding her, said her father, Patrick Haddi can.

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Warren man longs for wife

Thursday, November 09, 2006

By AMY S. BOBROWSKI

Staff Writer

WARREN -- It's been just about a month since Timothy McEnroe last saw his wife.

The Warren resident returned to his home at about 3 p.m. Oct. 10, discovered his 6-month-old daughter had been left alone and his wife was no where to be found.

For a month, law enforcement officials have been combing areas far and wide and following every lead to find 29-year-old Margaret Haddican-McEnroe.

Haddican-McEnroe has three daughters, 6-month-old Melissa and 20-month-old Emily with McEnroe and 9-year-old Sarah from a previous relationship who lives with her grandparents.

McEnroe told police that his wife had threatened suicide in the past and may be suffering from post-partum depression.

"I think she was depressed," said McEnroe, who noted that Haddican-McEnroe recently fought for the custody of Sarah with her parents. "She's had a bunch of things going on. She's sad and angry."

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Courier News Online - WARREN: Young mother still missing

Young mother still missing

By KARA RICHARDSON

Staff Writer

WARREN -- A young mother who disappeared from her home two months ago is still missing, Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said.

Margaret Haddican- McEnroe, 29, left her house Oct. 10, leaving behind her car, cell phone and her baby daughter, Emily. No one has heard from her since.

Her husband, Timothy McEnroe, told police that Haddican-McEnroe, an Army veteran, had threatened suicide in the past and may be suffering from postpartum depression.

Forrest has not said if investigators believe Haddican-McEnroe is alive. He has said that investigators have been handling the case as both a missing person case and a criminal matter.

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Courier News Online - Reward raised for information on missing Warren mother

Reward raised for information on missing Warren mother

Up to $20,000 being offered for tips on the whereabouts of Margaret Haddican-McEnroe.

WARREN -- A reward for information about a missing Warren mother of three has reportedly been upped to $20,000 after a contribution by her husband and fellow firefighters.

Timothy McEnroe, husband of Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, who has been missing since Oct. 10, said he and the Mt. Bethel Fire Department in Warren kicked in $15,000 to a previous reward offer on Tuesday of up to $5,000 from the Somerset County Crime Stoppers.

The couple volunteered as firefighters at Mt. Bethel Fire Department, McEnroe said.

After a department meeting Saturday night, the group c hose to authorize using the funds.

"They've been helping me a lot -- with work and babysitting," said McEnroe, who is taking care of two of the couples' three young daughters.

"The fact is, money can motivate people to come forward and right now I don't care how they come forward, I just want to know where she is," McEnroe said.

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Courier News Online - Refusing to rely on hope, family confident of mother's return

Refusing to rely on hope, family confident of mother's return

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe's birth mother said just because she gave her daughter up for adoption doesn't mean she has given up on her.

"If I get four hours of sleep every 24 hours, that's a lot," Terri Diel said from her home in Illinois. "I lost her once. I don't want to lose her again."

Haddican-McEnroe, 29, of Warren, a mother of three, disappeared from her home Oct. 10, authorities said. She did not take her SUV or her cell phone. No one has heard from her since.

"I miss the phone calls," Diel said. "I miss hearing her voice. I miss hearing about my grand-babies."

During her time in the Army, Haddican-McEnroe searched for and found Diel. The two have had a close relationship ever since, Diel said.

Just a teenager when she gave birth to Haddican-McEnroe, Diel gave her daughter up for adoption as a baby with the name Sherwood Halley -- a combination of Diel's maiden name and the birth father's name, Diel said.

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Courier News Online - Missing mom a symbol of strength

Missing mom a symbol of strength.

Family describes Warren woman as strong-willed, determined

On Oct. 10, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe disappeared from her Warren Township home without a trace.

But it is the evidence of a life left behind that has family and friends of this mother of three believing that she's still alive, rather than just hoping.

"We have two alternatives," said Patrick Haddican, Haddican-McEnroe's adoptive father. "One is terrible -- that she's dead. The other is that she left voluntarily or involuntarily.

"And I would find it hard to believe she left involuntarily, because I don't believe there would be anyone who could be able to get her down and control her," he added.

According to those who know her best, Haddican-McEnroe's physical stature -- 5 feet 2 inches, 120 pounds -- only masked her true strength.

At age 10, she could lift her 200 pound-plus father off the ground. In her teens, she took up boxing. She would later join the Army and serve as a volunteer firefighter, eventually taking part in a life-saving rescue during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Her power also seeped into her will.

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Recorder Community Newspapers - $20,000 in rewards offered for information

No new leads yet, but police still consider the case active

12/21/2006

WARREN TWP. – A combined $20,000 is being offered as a reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, the 29 year-old township mother of three who was declared missing by her husband on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Timothy McEnroe, 34, the woman’s husband, and other members of the Mount Bethel Fire Company have contributed $15,000 as a reward for any information leading to the missing woman.

That amount is in addition to the $5,000 reward being offered by the Crime Stoppers of Somerset County.

The Township Committee had originally considered posting a $5,000 reward in November, but tabled the idea after more clarification on laws was needed.

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Many hope his wish is granted this Christmas

Thursday, December 21, 2006

By AMY S. BOBROWSKI

Staff Writer

WARREN -- Timothy McEnroe hasn't gotten around to doing his Christmas shopping yet, nor has he written the holiday cards or decorated the house.

Without his wife by his side, it's been difficult to get into the holiday spirit.

"I didn't even do anything for the holidays yet," he said. "It's been rough. I'm having a hard time getting into the holiday mode."

McEnroe's wife, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe has been missing for more than two months. To encourage information regarding her whereabouts, he and the Mount Bethel Volunteer Fire Company posted a $15,000 reward, bringing the total reward for information to $20,000. Earlier this month, Crime Stoppers of Somerset County issued a $5,000 reward for information.

The 29-year-old mother of three is 5-feet 2-inches tall, has brown hair, brown eyes, a light complexion, a tribal tattoo on her stomach, a fire fighter's helmet tattoo on left calf and multiple tattoos on her back. She is an Army veteran and may also be in possession of identification containing her birth name of "Sherwood Halley." She left behind her cell phone and did not take her vehicle.

She was reported missing Oct. 12 by her husband who last saw her Oct. 10. When McEnroe returned to the house at 3 p.m. Oct. 10, he discovered his wife was not at the home and that she left their infant alone. The couple has two children, 7-month old Melissa and 21-month old Emily. Haddican-McEnroe also has a 9-year-old girl from a previous relationship.

Now, all the family wants for Christmas is the return of Haddican-McEnroe.

"I'm hoping she comes home for Christmas," McEnroe said. "Last year was our first Christmas in our new house. We got a huge 12-foot tree. It took us three days to get it up and decorated. That was going to be our tradition -- to get a really big tree each year, but it's hard to think about with her gone."

The Mount Bethel Volunteer Fire Company -- of which the husband and wife were members -- donated a tree to the family this year.

"It's still sitting outside," McEnroe said. "They said if it's not up, they're going to come over and put it up themselves."

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10. "Warren mother missing," Oct. 19:

A young mother of three children, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe gained national attention when she disappeared from her Warren Township home Oct. 10. Haddican-McEnroe, 29, didn't take her cell phone or vehicle, and she left her youngest child at home alone. Haddican-McEnroe, a firefighter, was no pushover, said family and friends -- leading those who know her best to believe she is still alive. A $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to Haddican-McEnroe's whereabouts. Authorities continue to work with Haddican-McEnroe's extended family in the search for her.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Refusing to rely on hope, family confident of mother's return

By CHAD HEMENWAY

Staff Writer

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe's birth mother said just because she gave her daughter up for adoption doesn't mean she has given up on her.

"If I get four hours of sleep every 24 hours, that's a lot," Terri Diel said from her home in Illinois. "I lost her once. I don't want to lose her again."

Haddican-McEnroe, 29, of Warren, a mother of three, disappeared from her home Oct. 10, authorities said. She did not take her SUV or her cell phone. No one has heard from her since.

"I miss the phone calls," Diel said. "I miss hearing her voice. I miss hearing about my grand-babies."

During her time in the Army, Haddican-McEnroe searched for and found Diel. The two have had a close relationship ever since, Diel said.

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Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Missing mom a symbol of strength

Family describes Warren woman as strong-willed, determined

By BOB CONSIDINE

Staff Writer

On Oct. 10, Margaret Haddican-McEnroe disappeared from her Warren Township home without a trace.

But it is the evidence of a life left behind that has family and friends of this mother of three believing that she's still alive, rather than just hoping.

"We have two alternatives," said Patrick Haddican, Haddican-McEnroe's adoptive father. "One is terrible -- that she's dead. The other is that she left voluntarily or involuntarily.

"And I would find it hard to believe she left involuntarily, because I don't believe there would be anyone who could be able to get her down and control her," he added.

According to those who know her best, Haddican-McEnroe's physical stature -- 5 feet 2 inches, 120 pounds -- only masked her true strength.

At age 10, she could lift her 200 pound-plus father off the ground. In her teens, she took up boxing. She would later join the Army and serve as a volunteer firefighter, eventually taking part in a life-saving rescue during Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

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Courier News Online - CNN to feature case of missing Warren mom

CNN to feature case of missing Warren mom

WARREN -- The Margaret Haddican-McEnroe missing person case will receive more exposure when it is featured on the Nancy Grace show Monday.

The show airs at 8 p.m. on CNN.

Haddican-McEnroe, 29, of Warren, a mother of three, disappeared from her home Oct. 10. She did not take her sports utility vehicle or her cell phone and left her youngest child home alone.

No one has heard from her since.

Up to a $20,000 reward has been offered for anyone with information that can help to find Haddican McEnroe.

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Case of missing Warren firefighter still baffles

Family, authorities hold out hope she remains alive

Sunday, February 18, 2007

When Patrick Haddican bumps into friends on the street he finds many times there is nothing to say.

Four months after his daughter, a Warren Township firefighter and Army veteran, vanished from her home, Haddican and the rest of his family are finding friends and acquaintances have grown conspicuously uncomfortable around them.

"People start getting embarrassed about asking how things are going," said Haddican. "Anytime people want to ask, it's fine by us."

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe, a 29-year-old Warren native, was last seen by her husband, Timothy McEnroe, at home on Oct. 10. According to police, when McEnroe returned from work, Haddican-McEnroe was gone. Their three children, including the couple's 5-month-old, were left unsupervised.

Her case has not only drawn national attention and been featured repeatedly by CNN's Nancy Grace, but her smiling face appears on posters in most store windows around Warren.

"I notice when I see people, they want to ask, but they don't," said Timothy McEnroe. "It's tough."

For Sarah, Haddican-McEnroe's 9-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, "she doesn't want to talk about it," her grandfather said. In the beginning, constant questions at school were overwhelming.

"It was very uncomfortable for her in school," Haddican said. "She was bombarded."

Sometimes, in a rare acknowledgment, Sarah says "she misses mommy," Haddican said.

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Courier News Online - WARREN: After 5 months, Warren mom remains missing

WARREN: After 5 months, Warren mom remains missing

March 10, 2007

WARREN -- Tomorrow marks five months since Margaret Haddican-McEnroe disappeared from her home. No one has heard from her since.

Haddican-McEnroe's husband, Timothy McEnroe, came back to the couples’ Washington Valley Road home from running errands Oct. 10 at about 3 p.m. to find their youngest daughter, Melissa, in her crib. There was no sign of Haddican-McEnroe. McEnroe said he waited two days to report her missing because he thought she would return.

Melissa is now nine months old. The couples’ other daughter, Emily, is two years old. Haddican-McEnroe also has a daughter from a previous relationship, Sarah, 9, who is being watched by Haddican-McEnroe’s step-parents.

Haddican-McEnroe, 29, left behind her sports utility vehicle and her cell phone. She may have taken $11,000 in cash that McEnroe said has been missing since his wife’s disappearance.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said his investigators are actively working on the solving the disappearance of Haddican-McEnroe. The incident is being treated as both a missing person case and a criminal matter. Investigators continue to investigate all options and follow all possible leads, he said.

McEnroe said he stays in touch with investigators but hasn’t heard anything new.

“I just want to keep her name and picture out there,†McEnroe said. “Someone has to know where she is. I know she is OK.â€Â

Margaret Haddican-McEnroe was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt with “ARMY†printed across the front, white plaid pajama bottoms and white Nike sneakers. She is described at 5-foot, 2-inches tall, weighing 110 pounds with brown hair and eyes. She may be going by her birth name, Sherwood Haley.

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Courier News Online - As her daughter turns 1, no sign of missing mom

As her daughter turns 1, no sign of missing mom.

April 26, 2007

Of all the milestones that have passed since Margaret Haddican-McEnroe's disappearance last October, this is one of the toughest.

Today marks the first birthday of her baby daughter, Melissa.

"I just think about the day when she was born," said Timothy McEnroe, Haddican-McEnroe's husband. "Melissa wasn't due until June, so she was in the hospital with all of these tubes. I'm glad she's doing well now, but just like Christmas and other birthdays, this is a difficult time."

At about 1:30 p.m Oct. 10, McEnroe had left his wife and Melissa at their Warren home to run some errands. He returned at 3 p.m. to find Melissa still in her crib, but Haddican-McEnroe missing. McEnroe waited two days before reporting his wife missing, telling investigators that he was awaiting her return.

Haddican-McEnroe, 29, left behind her sport utility vehicle and her cell phone. McEnroe also said $11,000 in cash was missing from their home at the time of his wife's disappearance.

Since then, McEnroe has maintained custody of their two children, Melissa and Emily, 2. Haddican-McEnroe also has a daughter from a previous relationship, Sarah, 9, who is being watched by her parents, Patrick and Eileen Haddican, also of Warren.

Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said Wednesday that there was no new information to disclose, but that the disappearance is still a "very active case."

Terri Diel, Haddican-McEnroe's birth mother, said she is frustrated by the lack of progress in the case. She called for friends and family members of Haddican-McEnroe who have been questioned by investigators to submit to a polygraph test.

"Until you eliminate the persons closest to you, you really can't move on," said Diel, who lives in Illinois and re-established a relationship her daughter in 1998.

"The realization is starting to settle in that we may never see her again," added Gene Diel, Terri's husband. "It just seems like everyone in New Jersey is doing everything they can to protect themselves instead of doing everything they can do to help the investigation. That's the most frustrating part for me and Terri."

Forrest would not disclose whether any polygraph requests have been made.

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Family of missing Warren mom battle online

August 6, 2007

It began last November as a virtual community, a place to publicize, agonize and, yes, even theorize about the disappearance of Margaret Haddican-McEnroe.

But as the case has grown colder, the online world has become a haven for heated words between factions of Margaret's family that has publicly revealed deep-rooted resentment, as well as Margaret's own troubles before she mysteriously vanished Oct. 10, 2006

And while none of the involved parties have pointed fingers in the disappearance of the Warren Township mother of three, some posts made by her birth mother and adoptive sister on the CourtTV.com message boards have cast aspersions for all -- including law enforcement -- to see.

"I know the police look at it every day," said Tim McEnroe, Margaret's husband.

The online battle reached a fevered pitch July 22. In a post titled "Let's tell the truth," Terri Diel, Margaret's birth mother, composed a 1,394-word message that lashes out against Eileen and Patrick Haddican, Margaret's adoptive parents.

Within hours, one of the Haddicans' daughters, Christine Haddican, angrily retorted that Diel had "no clue about anything."

Rooted in the deep tension between the two sides are two hot-button issues. For Tim McEnroe and Terri Diel, it centers on the position the Haddicans took in a custody dispute between Margaret and the father of her eldest daughter, Sarah, now 9. And for the Haddicans, it is the 48 hours Tim McEnroe waited to notify the police after his wife's disappearance.

McEnroe said he has not posted on the Web site, but he knows he is the central figure in the continuing back-and-forth -- especially with the public knowing he waited before calling police.

Eileen and Patrick Haddican also are argued over and defended. But they don't post, either.

For now, the postings have calmed down, but at the very least, the dialogue brings attention to the disappearance, which could provide more publicity and more leads.

"I don't think it's an exact science," Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne J. Forrest said. "Sometimes, we have found that it's a help keeping any case that's an ongoing investigation fresh in people's minds. And one mechanism of doing that is through the media.

"But other times, people say things publicly that may not be accurate as opposed to when they have to say something under oath. It cuts both ways," he added.

Birth mother's posts

Terri Diel gave Margaret up for adoption almost 30 years ago, but Margaret searched and found her birth mother in Illinois in 1998. From then until her disappearance, Diel said, they enjoyed a very close bond.

So on the message boards about Margaret, Diel -- known as "Birthmom" -- is adamant about one thing: "Everything that I've posted about what she went through with the Haddicans was told to me by Margaret."

At the heart of many of Diel's posts is the divide Diel said existed between Margaret and the Haddicans, particularly in 2004, when Margaret returned from Army duty and entered a custody battle for Sarah with the father of the child.

In her recent postings, she also contends that the Haddicans didn't call Margaret for days following her disappearance.

With Margaret now missing for nearly nine months, Diel said the time for decorum is done.

"Am I blunt? Yes, I'm very blunt," she said. "But if there's an elephant in the room, I'm going to point out the elephant."

 

Diel's intimations originally brought about a measured response from someone named Truth4u. That is Christine Haddican, Margaret's younger sister and one of the Haddicans four adopted children.

Christine Haddican is equally as steadfast in her points of view -- that her parents truly and always have had Sarah's best interests at heart and that Diel is getting misinformation from some source.

 

Christine Haddican, 27, said her responses were born out of frustration.

"The thing is, this should all be about Margaret," she said. "And people tell me, 'Oh, Terri wrote these gigantic things, and it's a slap in the face.' So I want to be honest with everyone. I don't feel the story has been told truthfully, and of course you want to defend your parents when they need defending. They've been through enough."

Christine Haddican acknowledged the relationship between Margaret and her parents had gone through a rocky stage but said it had improved before her disappearance.

"She started getting involved with them," she said. "She would go to baseball games with my dad."

Mother's say

Margaret's adoptive mother has been told by her children and her brother not to visit the CourtTV.com message boards. But curiosity has gotten the better of her on occasion.

"I tried a couple of times to get on there, but I couldn't find it," Eileen Haddican said. "I think I was doing something wrong, which meant to me I probably shouldn't have been on it."

She said Diel, as the birth mother, has a right to post what she wants but maintains that she "doesn't know where she gets her information from." But she does have

On Diel's contention that the Haddicans took Sarah's father's side in the custody battle, Eileen Haddican said, "I don't know if siding ... is the correct terminology, but I guess it could be seen that way. There were things Margaret was doing that weren't great, and we could see that."

She would not say what that was, but continued.

"Margaret took it that way, that we were siding" with Sarah's father, but it wasn't about either parent, Eileen Haddican said. "It was about this little girl and doing what was best for her."

Sarah was living with Margaret at the time of her disappearance. Following the disappearance, Sarah went to live with the Haddicans.

Eileen Haddican also said she tried to contact Margaret for days following her disappearance: "I called Margaret's cell phone, I think, every day until Sunday. I didn't get an answer, but I left messages. Then I called the house on that Sunday, and Tim's mother answered the phone and said, 'Margaret's not here.' I said, 'Just tell her I called.' She said OK and that next day, Monday, we got a call from the police."

Eileen Haddican added that she had other reasons to contact Margaret the week she went missing.

Margaret required knee surgery and had planned to get a ride from her father.

With family business being played out online, Eileen Haddican said there's only so much she can do. But she has concerns about her granddaughter.

"Whoever is reading it would either know us and know it's not true or they don't know us and they're going to say, 'Oh my God, they're horrible people,' " she said. "But either way, there's nothing you can do about it. But we just want to protect Sarah from all of this."

The focus of the story

Christine Haddican said she had regretted the tone of her response July 22 and asked board moderators to remove her post. Both her post and Diel's that prompted it were removed within hours, although the Courier News retained it before its deletion.

By July 27, Christine Haddican had extended an olive branch to Diel while trying to put the Margaret Haddican-McEnroe thread in perspective.

"The main story is, 'Why is Margaret missing?', not attacking each other on a message board! I do truly apologize for my part in that even if I felt I was defending my family," she said. "I am truly sorry about harsh words that might have been spoken. I know a lot has to do with the frustration of what is going on. This is for everyone -- he-said-she-said is a very tough game to play when someone's life is at stake."

Christine Haddican also said she will no longer post on the forum, unless warranted.

McEnroe says he never will post on the site.

"I have no choice, really," McEnroe said. "It's like I'm on a tightrope. Everything is directed at me. I'd love to go on there and defend myself, but that doesn't do anything to help me."

The 48 hours McEnroe waited before calling authorities about his wife's disappearance continues to bother Margaret's family.

McEnroe, acknowledging that he and Margaret had their share of arguments in the past, said he was just heeding the advice of friends and family.

"One thing I would love to say is that haunts me to this day, about waiting the 48 hours," McEnroe said. "But that's what everyone told me to do. In fact, they wanted me to wait longer."

Eileen and Patrick Haddican recently took and passed a polygraph test given by the Somerset County prosecutor's office, Christine Haddican said.

McEnroe has been asked to take a polygraph test as well, but he said he will only submit if it is administered by an independent party.

"I would take one tomorrow, but they just want to do it their way," he said. "They've been doing everything their way, and nothing has came of anything."

Aug. 25 will be Margaret's 30th birthday. Forrest said her disappearance is still an active case.

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