Transcript of Telephone Call between Charles Balis, M.D. and Mr. Robin Young respecting Sharon Lough, Wednesday, April 15, 1998 at 11:00 am.

Dr. Balis: This is Doctor Balis.
Mr. Young: Hello, Doctor Balis? You're Sharon's therapist, aren't you?
Dr. Balis: Who am I speaking with?
Mr. Young: This is Robin Young. Sharon and I have been...uh, she's been staying here for the past few weeks.
Dr. Balis: Hello, Mr. Young. How can I help you?
Mr. Young: Do you have any idea where she is? She hasn't come home for a few days.
Dr. Balis: No, I haven't heard from her.
Mr. Young: There was a...ah...well, there was a rather unpleasant incident here awhile ago, and Sharon ran off. I can't say I blame her. It was pretty upsetting.
Dr. Balis: Hmm. How long ago was this?
Mr. Young: Last week. Charlotte, my ex-wife...ah, my wife...well, she doesn't live here. But anyway, she came by unexpectedly, and things got rather ugly.
Dr. Balis: I see.
Mr. Young: With all the racket Charlotte was making, I didn't even hear when Sharon left. She bolted out of the bedroom, and by the time Charlotte stopped ranting and raving, I noticed that Sharon's car was gone. She didn't even take her coat, and it was freezing outside. I thought she'd return the following night, but she didn't. I tried calling her at work, but I couldn't reach her there either. I was frantic. I started going through her things, trying to find the phone number of a friend or someone she knows. I looked through her organizer and found your number.
Dr. Balis: I see.
Mr. Young: I don't usually go through her things, but I was just so worried.
Dr. Balis: I'm glad you called. Unfortunately, though, I haven't heard from Sharon.
Mr. Young: If you do, would you please ask her to call me? She knows my number. Tell her she can come back here, and that she's always welcome, regardless of what Charlotte says. I'm terribly worried.
Dr. Balis: I'll do that.
Mr. Young: And, Doctor Balis, there's just one more thing.
Dr. Balis: Yes?
Mr. Young: I'm not sure how to say this. I don't want her to get into any trouble.
Dr. Balis: I am her doctor. Anything you tell me about Sharon will be held in confidence.
Mr. Young: Okay. While I was rummaging through her things, I found a needle. A hypodermic needle.
Dr. Balis: I see.
Mr. Young: As far as I know, Sharon isn't diabetic. She could be using the needles for piercing. Some people do that, you know.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Mr. Young: But I didn't think Sharon is into piercing. I didn't find any drugs, though she could have taken them with her.
Dr. Balis: Has she demonstrated any signs of drug use?
Mr. Young: I've smelled marijuana a few times, but I didn't think she used any hard drugs, certainly not intravenous drugs. I know about her history of drug use, and I thought...I don't know, I thought she was clean. I didn't think the marijuana use was all that serious. I've smoked it myself, it's really not a big deal. But now, I'm thinking maybe I should have said something. I should have been more aware. I know that addicts can be very adept at hiding their drug use.
Dr. Balis: Have you called the police or filed a missing person's report?
Mr. Young: Well, I thought about that, but I didn't want to bring up the drug thing and so...
Dr. Balis: I see. I'm not going to advise you about whether or not to file a missing person's report, but from what you describe, it seems more likely that Sharon's angry or upset rather than in any physical danger.
Mr. Young: You're right. But can you call me if she comes in to see you? Or ask her to call me?
Dr. Balis: Of course.
Mr. Young: Thank you, Doctor Balis.
Dr. Balis: You're welcome. Goodbye, Mr. Young.
Mr. Young: Goodbye.
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