The mystery of Jill Sidebotham and little Lydia: Woman's fiancé not buying police statement they are 'safe' with ex-husband
SANFORD, MAINE: A bizarre twist has arisen in the case of the family that went "missing" while on a camping trip to rural Western Maine. Jill Sidebotham and Nicholas Hansen along with their daughter Lydia Hansen disappeared in June after last seen by Jill Sidebotham’s family on June 27. But the family was reportedly caught on camera at a Walmart in the town of Mexico in Maine on July 2.
Now, law enforcement officials in Sanford are claiming that Jill and Nicholas (who are divorced) and their two-year-old daughter are “unharmed and safe.” On Friday, September 9, in a Facebook post, Sanford Maine Police Department said: “Since 7/2/2022, the Sanford Police Department in collaboration with several municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, has investigated the departure of Nicholas Hansen, Jill Sidebotham, and Lydia Hansen from the Springvale area, on June 28, 2022.”
It continued, “On 9/6/2022, contact was made with each party. Detectives spoke with all parties via phone and video chat. The Sanford Police Department can report that each party is unharmed and safe, and no evidence of criminal behavior has been observed. We also had verification that they were safe from local law enforcement who met with them in person,” before adding, “At the involved parties’ request, no information as to their location or motive for departing the Springvale area will be disclosed.”
But the 28-year-old Jill’s current fiancé is not convinced. Corey Alexander told The Sun that “something's not right”. The 31-year-old went on to explain, “It contradicts everything, the very person that I know her to be. If Jill wants to be with him and not me why won't she call me and say so?”
He stated: “Why won't she talk to her family or her son? This is not the woman I know. Those are his words, not hers. I want to hear it from her. The day before she left, she told me she loved me.” He also referred to Nicholas’ apparent statement that said he went away with the two to “get away from toxic situations”.
Alexander also added, “I’ve never been in so much pain. I’m completely lost without her. It’s just tearing me apart. I know people say that there's no such thing as a perfect relationship, but we had a really pure, strong foundation. It was the best thing that's ever happened to me. It's made me the man that I am today. Jill and her children are everything to me.”
Meanwhile, multiple people on the web have also raised doubt on this sudden 'twist'. A person commenting below the police's statement wrote: “They could have, at any time, contacted authorities to let them know this information a long time ago. I agree with what a waste of resources that could have been directed where they were actually needed.” The second one said, “Authorities thought Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie were fine too. Something seems off here.” Another concerned person worried about the safety of the child, saying, “I hope someone is actively keeping an eye on Lydia, I’ve read that both Jill and Nick have a history of domestic violence and drug addiction. If two adults want to run away together whatever but I hope Lydia is safe and properly cared for."