Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity.At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of a stormy divorce.
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Missi felt ready for a serious relationship again, so she made a profile on Our Time.com, a dating site for people in middle age.
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She was living with her preteen daughters in the suburbs of St.
Paul, Minnesota, and working as a flight attendant.
The offer wasn’t all that appealing to Missi—“I didn’t want to be a stay-at-home mom again,” she says—but she took it as a sign that things were getting serious.
The longer they kept dating, though, the more problems cropped up.A few minutes later, she got a reply from Richie’s friend Chris, who said Richie had been in a car accident.He was okay, thank God, but the doctors wanted to do some extra testing, since he’d suffered head trauma while in Afghanistan.The wallet also contained a couple of credit cards belonging to someone named Linda. She’d had a nagging sense that something wasn’t right in her relationship, but she’d shaken it off as her being untrusting.These mysterious objects in his wallet, though, seemed to affirm that Richie was engaged in some larger form of deceit, even if she didn’t understand all the details just yet.Richie told her he was on vacation in Hawaii, but they planned to meet up as soon as he got back.