CHAPTER 1

"Mommy? Mommy? Where you mommy?!" The little girl stumbled as she tried to walk around the room. She waked around for a few minutes scared and alone before she finally found someone to help her.

"Hi honey. I'm a police officer. I'm going to help you. What is your name?" A woman with short blond hair knelt down in front of the small child.

"Emma." She looked down at her shoes.

"Emma, my name is Peg. Do you know where your Mommy is?" Peg smiled.

"Need mommy." The little girl shook her head 'no'.

"Where is your daddy?" Asked the cop.

"Bad daddy. No daddy."

"Well, who else is in your family?" Asked the officer.

"Aunt Abby." Emma pointed to a picture frame on the bookshelf behind Peg.

It was a picture of a woman with black pigtails and a young man wearing a NCIS baseball cap. The little girl was being held by the woman and was sandwiched between her and the young man. A dog was happily standing next to the trio.

"That Jet-o" Said Emma pointing to the dog.

"Kevin, find out who this is." Peg took the picture off the shelf and handed it to her partner. "She says this woman is her Aunt Abby. Don't know who he is but he's got a NCIS cap on."

"Alright, I'm on it." He pulled out his cell phone and started dialing.

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"If the victim isn't a marine or a sailor, then why are we here?" Ziva asked

"Local L.E.O.'s say the only lead they have on the missing woman is that she knows someone who works for us. They want to know if we can give them a hand and ID the person she knows." DiNozzo said as he parked the car.

"That is also why Gibbs stayed while we came out here." McGee added.

Tony, Ziva and McGee got out of the sedan. The trio started up the walkway but half-way up McGee stopped dead in his tracks.

"Let's go McSlowpoke!" Tony shouted.

"Tony. I know this house. I know who lives here." As if on cue Emma came running out the front door, headed straight for McGee.

"Uncle Tim!" She ran straight into his open arms.

"Emma, what happened? Are you OK?" Tim scooped her up and hugged her tight.