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03.20.07

Two Month Anniversary of Texhoma Girl's Kidnapping

Getting back to a normal life is a challenge for Marissa Graham.

She was snatched a block from her home while riding her bike, and two months ago today her kidnapper released her.

Newschannel 10's Marissa Bagg went back to the scene of the crime in Texhoma with the 10-year-old.

She has more on how her life has changed, and what she learned from the nightmare.

"I use to see a white car and hide, I'd freak," says Marissa.

The last two months have changed Marissa. She and I went back to where she was kidnapped. The 10-year-old tells me she's no longer afraid to be in that area, instead she has a tough message for her abductor.

"He's never going to get anyone else, because I'm going to kick his butt before he does," says Marissa. 

"I'm surprised how well she is taking it, I figured she'd be afraid to do anything but she's not," says Angela Graham, Marissa's mother.

Instead Marissa is trying to focus on school, playing sports and martial arts. In fact, Angela is the one who has bad dreams about it happening again.

"The kidnapper hasn't been found yet, so it's hard to let her go out knowing he hasn't been found. She has a hard time understanding mommy doesn't want her to do things and mommy is scared," says Angela.

Marissa may be tough, but she isn't taking her safe return for granted.

How did it feel to come home to your family? "A whole lot better because I thought I was going to die," says Marissa.

She has a message for other kids, she learned from her experience.

"Watch out for yourself and your brothers and sisters."

The FBI continues to investigate Marissa's kidnapping, but no suspects have turned up in the case. Once again the suspect is described as a white man, about 6 feet tall, with a thin build, in his 30's or younger. He was wearing glasses and believed to be driving a purple SUV.

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