Most of us have had crazy nightmares that affect us even after waking. I remember bolting out of our house one afternoon in 1965 desperately searching for my mother after having a horrifying nightmare during a nap. I’ve also turned on the lights in my bedroom on dozens of occasions after pulling spiders off me in my sleep. My brother Greg insists that I threw a ten pound jar of pennies on him when we were in high school. (It used to be five pounds and I dropped it, but in the last 40+ years it got heavier and I became a baseball pitcher.) Most famously, in the late 80’s my wife Pat awoke one night to find me kneeling on my nightstand trying to jump out our third story window in order to escape from the drug cartel that was in our spare room. Sleep walk, sleep talk, I’ve even been known to sleep write. (Some of my best poems!)
I have lots of crazy, waking up in a fugue-state stories but this is the first time it took me ten minutes to figure out that I was not in my right mind. It’s also the only time I’ve called 911. I’d like to point out that I called 911 because I wasn’t afraid for me as I had been all the other times but rather was afraid that the goddess Durga was in trouble.
Keith calls Cary 911 ~ 6:40 pm Wednesday, 05/28/19 believing it is 6:40 am Thursday morning.
Steven: 911, what is the address of your emergency?
Keith: Uhm, my address is, uhm. Sorry. Uhm, I’m, I’m sorry. I’m at home, I just woke up and my wife is not here. And she just, she doesn’t do that. And I called and I uhm, and I’m calling to see what I should do.
Steven: What do you mean your wife isn’t there, sir? Did she go somewhere?
Keith: So she left, I’m sorry, uhm, I, I, last night she left for fitness class, uhm, about twelve hours ago, I, I fell asleep on the couch, uhm and her car’s not here, and she’s not here and she’s not answering her phone, and she doesn’t, you know, just not come home, sort of thing. So, I’m just very concerned because she is not here, I have no note I have, no…
Steven: Okay, okay. What’s your address, sir? What’s your address, sir? I’ll get an officer to come speak to you.
Keith: Oh my God. Really? I am literally looking at my license right now. Uhm- (Reads address to Steven. Redacted. Typing heard.) In Cary. Sorry.
Steven: What’s the phone number you’re calling me from, sir?
Keith: (Provides phone number. Redacted.)
Steven: Is there any reason your wife would have left and didn’t come back?
Keith: Zero. None.
Steven: Okay. Okay. What’s your last name, sir?
Keith: Kenel. (Redacted)
Steven: First name?
Keith: Keith. (Redacted)
Steven: What’s your wife’s name?
Keith: Patricia Tierney Kenel. She goes by Pat. (Redacted)
Steven: (Typing) Okay. And you said you last saw her about 12 hour ago?
Keith: Uhhh, yes, sir. She went to a class at Orangetheory Fitness, also in Cary, I’m sorry, I don’t know, I can’t tell you… It’s on Cary Parkway… in Cary.
Steven: Is it over there by Morris- is it over there in the Parkwest-
Keith: Yes! Yes.
Steven: Is it over there in Parkwest?
Steven: At Parkwest.
Steven: Okay. What was she last seen wearing?
Keith: Uhm, she had on, I’m going to call them black Capris, uhm like-
Steven: Workout pants?
Keith: Yes, sir-
Keith: Uhm, sleeveless top. So, workout clothes.
Steven: Okay. What kind of vehicle does she drive?
Keith: She has a (Redacted) Toyota Camry.
Steven: What color?
Keith: Uhm, (Redacted) baby blue. It’s, like, five, seven years old? So , whatever that makes it.
Steven: And what’s her phone number?
Keith: (Redacted) xxx-yyy-3972. Er, 73. No. 3973.
Steven: So, what is her phone number?
Keith: (Redacted. Stumbling.)
Steven: And can you just repeat that for verification please?
Keith: (Redacted) xxx-yyy-3973. Yes, sir.
Steven: And is there anyplace that she would likely go?
Keith: No, sir.
Steven: (Typing) Does she have any family in the area by chance?
Keith: No, sir. And she’s leaving, to visit her family… Sunday!
Steven: (Typing) So she was supposed to leave this coming Sunday to go visit family?
Keith: Yes, sir.
Keith: She is supposed to.
Steven: Alright. I’m going to get an officer out there to (Address redacted) to talk to you, okay?
Keith: Yes, sir. Thank you.
Steven: Alright, sir. Bye-bye.
Steven places call to Orangetheory Fitness ~ 6:45 pm Wednesday night. (Phone noise)
OTF: (Prerecorded) Thank you for calling Orangetheory Fitnesss, Morrisville. This call many be recorded for quality assurance.
Please hold while I try to connect you. (Hold music)
Sammy: Thank you for calling Orangetheory Fitness in Morrisville. This is Sammy, how can I help you?
Steven: Hey, this is Steven with the Cary 911 center. Can you do me a favor and see if you have a member that that checked in yesterday?
Sammy: Yeah, of course. Who are you looking for?
Steven: Patricia Kenel. Last name’s spelled K, e, n, e, l.
Sammy: K, e, n, e, l?
Sammy: Patricia Kenel.
Steven: Or is she even a member there at all?
Sammy: Yeah. She was just here earlier today.
Sammy: Yeah. Are you still wondering about yesterday?
Steven: Yeah, so she was there earlier today?
Sammy: Yes, she was here-
Steven: What time, what time was she there?
Sammy: Oh, six pm class.
Steven: For the six pm class?
Sammy: Yeah, so she’s in there right now. Do you want me to grab her when she leaves and tell her to call you?
Steven: Uhm, is there any way you could grab her right now, please?
Sammy: Uh, yes. Let me just put you on hold for one second.
Steven: Thank you. (Hold music)
Pat: Hi, this is Pat Kenel.
Steven: Hey, this is Steven with the 911 center, how are you doing?
Pat: I’m doing fine, and you?
Steven: I am so sorry to interrupt your workout. Can you just confirm for me if you live at 123 Somename Court?
Pat: I do.
Steven: Okay, your husband called in advising that you were missing. I just wanted to make sure that you weren’t missing.
Steven: He said he woke up and you weren’t there and it wasn’t like you to not be there.
Pat: Oh my gosh.
Steven: Is your husband-
Pat: I left him at home and told him I was going to class. Okay, no, I’m fine.
Steven: And your husband-
Pat: I’m fine, I’ve just been working out and I live there and my husband’s name is Keith.
Steven: Okay. Okay, ma’am I just wanted to confirm. I’ll get in touch with him and let him know that you’re in class, is that okay?
Pat: Huh. Yeah. Alright. Yeah, I’ll call him too, thanks.
Steven: Sorry about that.
Pat: No, no worries.
Steven places call to Keith. (Phone dialing. Phone ringing.)
Steven: Is this Keith?
Keith: Yes, it is.
Steven: Hey, Keith this is Steven with the 911 center. I got in touch with your wife. She is not missing. She’s fine. She’s at Orangetheory right now taking a fitness class.
Keith: (Laughing and crying) Okay. She’s, she’s alright?
Keith: Your name is Steven?
Steven: Yes. My badge number is 61 37, she said she was going to give you a call as well, sir but she is at Orangetheory right now.
Keith: Thank you, Steven.
Steven: Yes, Sir. You have a good night.
Keith: Thank you, bye.