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"He's letting himself be seen, so is this a sign that maybe he's understanding what he did more?" Starla asks.
Until Fuksa makes his desires plain, though, or gets picked up by police, Todd and Starla Fuksa are condemned to wondering about where their son is. His phone hasn't been turned on since he texted Starla in July 2009, but they keep paying the monthly bill, just in case he decides to call home.
"It's the unknown that tears you up inside," Starla says of 500 nights spent wondering if her son ate or is warm or is having trouble with his asthma. "Whoever coined that phrase that 'time heals all' is a crackpot, because time doesn't heal all. Time makes it worse."