A 15-year-old was having a bad day at Fitch High School in Groton, so she left school early that day in May 2010 and headed to Ocean Beach to clear her head. Within minutes, a sympathetic older man approached her. He comforted her and hung out with her at the beach until she calmed down.
He invited "Amy" to stay with him just for the night until she figured things out. Having skipped out on school and run away from her group home for foster children in Mystic, she had nowhere else to go, so she accepted.