An interesting point from an emailer about a brief in the Oct. 1 Local section:
Sometimes your briefs are a little too brief. Under “Two people found in trunk” there is no mention of dead or alive. But later it suggests they were “thought” to have been victims of a car-jacking. I would conclude from this they were dead. But if they were alive, their words would probably confirm something. I realize this was an AP source but it is also a Kansas Highway Patrol report that could have been confirmed one way or another.
The version in the print edition read:
Two people found in car trunk
Two people were in custody Monday after Kansas Highway Patrol officers stopped a car Sunday night in Kansas City, Kan., and discovered two other people locked in the trunk. They are thought to have been victims of a carjacking earlier that evening in Topeka.
Spokeswoman Kristen Veverka said Topeka officers were sent to Kansas City, Kan., to continue their investigation.
The two men arrested initially fled on foot but were caught. The pursuit began near Interstate 70 and the Turner Diagonal.
The online version, from the Associated Press, isn’t much longer
. But my emailer is right — neither specifies that the two in the trunk were found alive. That’s a salient point that shouldn’t have been omitted, in my opinion.
Putting together packages of briefs from longer stories is actually harder than it may look. But I understand why the reader thought this one brought up further questions.
I just spoke with the newsroom, and they are following the case and will watch for any charges filed.