"I said can I send her a little note to thank her for something or other. He said send it to me and I will make sure she gets it," Petrisevac said. "He never said to me that they were separated. He did say, 'We've had several fights' and he said this time she is really mad and she's gone. ... He said, 'I wish I had the Marcia I had 20 years ago, but if all goes well, then she should come back on our 40th anniversary."
Aburto said she was surprised by Richard Forsberg's explanation that his wife was staying with friends in Arizona.
"I thought, 'Arizona?' I didn't know she knew anyone there," Aburto said.
It also disturbed her when she saw him driving his wife's car instead of his own.
"When I saw him driving her car I knew something was wrong," she said. "He's been driving it for a couple of months."
Finally, on Aug. 23, Aburto called police to report the woman missing. She said what made her decide to do it was receiving a letter from a good friend of Marcia's, Cathleen Deremeer, who said she had not been able to reach her. She called the police as soon as she spoke with Deremeer.