It’s an everyday to-do for teenagers or their parents: make a sandwich to eat on the go. Whether they toss them into brown-bag lunches or bring them along during a full day of activities, sandwiches are common fare for busy families.
So, nothing was out of the ordinary when 14-year-old Missourian Alec Hebblethwaite reached for a sandwich to fuel up in between soccer matches. The basic combination of ham, cheese and bread wouldn’t have raised any alarm bells – but what happened next certainly did.
Before that day, Alec Hebblethwaite was, by all appearances, the average 14-year-old boy. He lived with his mother, Kasey Hunter, along with his stepfather and two brothers. He attended School of the Osage in Lake Ozark, MI, and regularly played soccer.