After surviving an abduction as a child, all Jessica Littlejohn wanted was to put the ordeal behind her.
Yet as she recalls the incident again and again during speaking engagements at schools and other venues, the now 23-year-old Miss Kool-Aid Days queen is at peace with her decision to go public with her story. Littlejohn, a Scottsbluff resident, spent this week in Hastings to share details of her harrowing encounter with various groups around town.
Her schedule Thursday and Friday included stops at the Kiwanis Pancake Feed at City Auditorium; Central Community College-Hastings; Hawthorne Elementary School; three daycares; Hastings High School; Wallace, Juniata, and Adams Central East elementary schools; Hastings Museum; and Hastings Public Library.
This evening, she’ll serve as a celebrity judge of the slam dunk contest at the Whoopers & Hoopers Basketball Tournament at Lynn Farrell Arena at Hastings College.
Littlejohn was just 5 when she was abducted by a stranger during a family vacation in Las Vegas with her parents, William “Chip” and Marcy, and older brother, Taylor. It was while her father was riding a roller coaster that the unassuming man in his mid-40s coerced her to join him just around the corner, out of her mother’s view.
And that’s how her nightmare began.