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Despite repeated warnings to doctors at the mental health care facility where their special-needs daughter was being kept, Bob and Patty Begin received the late-night phone call they dreaded most: Cecilia had escaped and no one knew where she was. Arrogance and negligence in the medical community and Massachusetts' lack of a systematic process for locating runaways meant that Bob and Patty would have to organize and head the desperate search by themselves.