REALLY HAPPENED TO MAJ METZGER
(c) 2006 MilitaryCorruption.com
Air Force officials are frantic to contain what could be a, pardon the pun, "major" embarrassment in the case of a female officer who claims she was "abducted" in Kyrgyzstan.
Serious problems with her story, we are told, caused the politically-correct, weak-kneed brass to whisk the troubled major out of the country pronto and keep her insulated from media questioning.
Police investigators in the small Central Asian republic are enraged Maj. Jill Metzger appears to have gotten a "free pass" and a quick trip to an Air Force hospital in Germany before they could complete their questioning.
MAJOR'S STORY SEEMS FULL OF HOLES
MilitaryCorruption.com has learned from Kemilbek Kiyazov, chief of the Chuysic Region Police Dept., that Metzger's story "just doesn't add up."
He said the many "contradictions" and bizarre claims made by the young major caused him to doubt the abduction story from the start. For example, Kiyazov said the major claimed she'd been robbed of a necklace by her kidnappers but failed to explain why they hadn't touched the expensive wedding ring she was still wearing on her finger.
The investigator also told us security cameras in the large department store in Bishkek showed Metzger calmly walking alone from the building at around 4:18 p.m. Tuesday, September 5. There was "no sign or indication she was in any trouble," the cop said.
Also, other police sources say Metzger claimed her abductors dyed the woman's hair brown. But cops said they noticed the major had the same color dye on her own hands. "Why would that be, unless she had changed her hair color herself?" said an investigator. Metzger is pictured in her official Air Force photograph as having blonde hair.
THE "BOMB," A TRANCE, AND "OVERPOWERING" A GUARD
Still more "problems" arise from the fragments of information we've been able to piece together from what's been released from the investigation.
The local police said Metzger claimed she escaped her captors by "overpowering" a guard as he brought her food. The 33 year-old, slightly-built officer, it would seem, would be hard-pressed to have done such a thing, especially if any of her "captors" were armed.
Initially, before the U.S. Embassy and Air Force flaks put a lid on things, Metzger told a bizarre tale of someone "stuffing an object" in her jeans pocket with a note saying it was a bomb. The major said she felt like she was "in a trance," and thus meekly offered no resistance when the mysterious kidnappers made their snatch.
In one version of her tale, she declared she'd been grabbed by one woman and three young men and taken in a minibus to a locale some 30 miles away. From there, after subduing the guard - where were the others, wouldn't they have heard a scuffle? - Metzger claims to have walked to a house to ask for help.
TIGHT-LIPPED, EVEN TO FAMILY MEMBERS
Metzger's new husband, Capt. Joshua Mayo, told the Denver POST his wife had spoken to him in a brief call once she was "freed." Below is a portion of the reported conversation:
(MAYO) - "Are you hurt?"
(METZGER) - "I've been told not to discuss that."
(MAYO) - "Well, what happened then? Are you injured or anything?"
(METZGER) "I'm fine. Because there's an investigation, I'm not supposed to discuss it."
Metzger's father-in-law, Kelly Mayo, added more fuel to speculative fires when he told the Associated Press that Air Force OSI (Office of Special Investigations) agents told him on the telephone that Maj. Metger's hair had been "cut off" and she had been "badly beaten."
MilitaryCorruption.com asked a photo analysis expert to study pix of Metzger being reunited with family members in the United States. He stated that, under magnification, the image shows the young woman to be "unbruised around the face" and "possibly wearing a heavy, brown wig." In earlier Air Force photographs taken a couple months ago, Metzger's hair was short and rather thin. It was blonde then, brown now. Why such a thick mane, unless it's a fake?
SOONER OR LATER, THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT
If the Air Force public affairs office think they'll be able to control or contain this event, they are very mistaken. Sooner or later, the truth will come out, and then those responsible for the cover up will be in a lot more trouble than if they had just be "up-front" in the first place and let the chips fall where they may.
We are glad that Maj. Metzger is safely back in the States with her loved ones, and wish her all the luck in the world, but if she lied and cost the U.S. government a small fortune searching for her when she wasn't really kidnapped at all, that should have some sort of consequences.
You can be sure of one thing. If the central figure in this incredible tale had been a male enlisted man, he would not have been handled with "kid gloves" at all.
We don't want to speculate, but if asked what we think happened, could it be we've got a "runaway" bride here? No, we don't mean that bug-eyed nut that ran off last year after receiving a pile of wedding presents. But there may be a parallel between that bizarre happening and this one.
The wacky woman in that case got cold feet on the marriage and impulsively split. In Metzger's case, she'd only been wed since April 8th of this year and had been with her hubby just a few days before deploying overseas. Is it possible she had "buyer's remorse," panicked and decided to "drop out?" We know that sounds crazy, but so does much of her story.
And what is especially embarrassing for the Air Force is this - the awkward attempt to conceal what really happened, manage the news and provide soft treatment of a person who may have falsely claimed to have been abducted. It's a no-win situation for the top brass.