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Missing Couple Tired of Attention

August 12, 1988

HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) _ A couple whose intentional disappearance from a college campus touched off a four-month nationwide search say they’re tired of media attention and just want to resume their lives.

″We just to want to let it lay,″ said Scott Swanson, 23, in an interview published Thursday in The Philadelphia Inquirer. ″We just want to get back to our normal lives.″

Swanson and his new wife, Carolyn McLean, 22, of Haddonfield, fled the campus of Wheaton College in Illinois in April.

The couple has received scores of hate letters from people who view them as spoiled rich kids who allowed police to spend thousands of dollars searching for them. The pair surfaced July 26 in San Diego.

″I don’t think people will ever understand why we did it,″ Swanson told the newspaper. ″We’re tired of going public with it.″

After a week-long visit in New Jersey, the couple will settle in his hometown of Elgin, Ill., Swanson said. He will take a job with a lawn care company and finish his psychology degree at Northern Illinois University.

His wife does not plan to return to college immediately, he said. She hopes to get a job at a bank and write in her spare time.

Swanson said it is unlikely that the couple will return to Wheaton, a rigorous evangelical Christian college.

″It’s not that I would feel uncomfortable, but I think everyone else would feel uncomfortable,″ he said. ″And I don’t think Wheaton could handle any more media attention.″

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