In September of 1986, The Oprah Winfrey Show began broadcasting all across the United states. Top Gun, Stand By Me, and Crocodile Dundee topped the box office chart, while the love song from Top Gun, “Take My Breath Away” made number one on the Billboard list. Beloved shows like Cheers and Golden Girls were making us laugh hysterically from the comfort of our own homes.
On Saturday, April 5, 1986, Penny Cayedito left her three daughters in the care of a babysitter while she went out to a bar called Talk of the Town. She returned around midnight to relieve the babysitter of her duties, and allowed the girls to stay up for a while to play.
You awake in the morning, get out of bed, walk 2 or 3 feet to your baby’s crib to pick him up and feed him like you do every morning. As you look into his crib, your heart skips a beat.
Your baby isn’t in his crib. The last place he was known to be. The last place you put him.
You search frantically all over the house, calling out to his siblings to see if he’s in their bedroom with them. All to no avail.
Derek Hicks, Kevin’s father, returned home from an emergency at work around 9:00 p.m. When Kevin still was not back at 11 p.m., he drove around looking for him.
His father said that if he was going to be late, he’d always call home. When Kevin didn’t call that night, Derek started calling Kevin’s friends. When that failed, he called the police.