Updated 11/15/2005 08:28 AM
Suzanne Lyall's family reacts to Regan's arrest
Memories come flooding back to Doug and Mary Lyall every time a person disappears, like their daughter Suzanne did in 1998.
And every time someone is arrested for abduction or attempted abduction, police usually get in touch. So it came as no surprise when the Milton couple was contacted about John Regan, the man who has been charged with trying to kidnap a Saratoga Springs High School student.
Father Doug Lyall said, "To my knowledge Mr. Regan didn't say a whole lot and is still not saying anything. I think it's a matter of the police agencies doing a lot of footwork."
Investigators are doing just that, trying to find out if Regan's travels could make him a suspect in Suzanne's disappearance.
Mother Mary Lyall said, "Every time an interview like this happens, we become very numb. It takes us several days to really recover."
It's been seven and a half years since Suzanne Lyall disappeared. She was last seen on the UAlbany campus. Her disappearance changed her parents' lives dramatically, in a way that many will never know.
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Mary Lyall said, "You just sit and you wait and try to move on a little bit with your life, and there's no way that you can move on."
Reminders like the Regan case don't help. The Lyalls know the chances of Regan holding the answers they've been looking for are slim, but they said anything's possible.
Doug Lyall said, "In the meantime, we will kind of continue to wait. And we should be used to that, but we're not."
For Doug and Mary, waiting has become a way of life.