Logan McQueary: Angry at and fearful of Elizabeth JohnsonPosted: Updated:
It has been nearly five years since Logan McQueary's 8-month-old son Gabriel was taken from him by the boy's mother, Elizabeth Johnson.
Johnson fled to Texas with Gabriel in 2009 and first told McQueary that she killed Gabriel. When authorities tracked her down, she changed her story, saying she gave the boy away to an anonymous couple in a Texas park.
For her part in Gabriel's disappearance, Johnson served four and a half years in prison. She was released early Friday morning without saying who took Gabriel, or where he could be.
McQueary has a new family now, including a little boy, and is living in another state.
In an exclusive telephone interview with CBS 5 News' Pat McReynolds on the eve of Johnson's release, McQueary shared his thoughts on Johnson's freedom, and what he believes happened to his son.
MCREYNOLDS: "What are the feelings that you have about her release and the fact that she'll be walking the streets tomorrow?"
MCQUEARY: "I don't think it's fair. I don't think the justice system did us right. I don't think Elizabeth should be able to walk free and us not know where my son is. I have to wonder now, you know, either until he finds me some day or we find him and what really happened.
"I really don't want to talk to her at all. Everybody said, 'Why don't you talk to her and stuff and maybe she'll talk to you?' And I really don't think she'll talk to anybody. If the truth hasn't come out by now, I don't know if it ever will."
MCREYNOLDS: "Do you feel somewhat cheated by the judicial system?"
MCQUEARY: "In a way, yes. The police both assured me, both San Antonio and Arizona, that they did all that they could do to try and find out the truth and actually what happened. I believe that they did. You know, I want to put my faith in them and say that they did but it's Elizabeth that is the roadblock where they don't know how to get into her head and find out really what happened. They followed the evidence and it led them to dead end after dead end."
MCREYNOLDS: "I know that you've come to peace with some of this, but is there still some anger?"
MCQUEARY: "Yeah there's a lot of anger. My son is missing and I don't know if I'm ever going to see him again. I wish somebody would just call and say hey, this is what happened and we have your son and that would be amazing and a miracle. But I don't know. I just don't think it's going to happen."
MCREYNOLDS: "With Elizabeth being out, do you fear that she is a danger to you or your family?"
MCQUEARY: "I've been in fear when I was in a relationship with her and I know how she was then. It's been awhile since she's been in jail. I don't know what kind of person she is and stuff, but I have the same feeling: I fear for my family and I fear for myself. Thank God I don't live anywhere around Arizona anymore."
MCREYNOLDS: "Do you feel like because of that, you'll always be looking over your shoulder?
MCQUEARY: "Yes, that's very unfortunate. I have to look after my family and I'm in fear of everyday things and little things happening to them and this is, it's huge to me because I'm in fear of her showing up one day and just seeing her where I live.
"If there is any way possible for her to track Gabriel down, I wish she would. I would probably not assist in helping her myself, but I would without communicating with her because I have no interest in talking to her or seeing her. But if there is a possibility that she could track him down, I would be all for it."
MCREYNOLDS: "Is there any part of your mind that allows you to think that your son is no longer alive?
MCQUEARY: "I think about it back and forth every day and there's no real evidence pointing either way. I have the police departments telling me one story and I have friends and family telling me something else and helping me keep faith and keep hoping that he is out there somewhere. I couldn't tell you either way which way I believe more."
MCREYNOLDS: "Is there anything that you continue to do actively to search for Gabriel, have you taken a step back? Where does that sit?"
MCQUEARY: "I've taken a step back. Spending time with my family here. It's kind of therapeutic for me, I would say. It's helped me move on with things in my life that get back into the everyday routine.
"I still hold out hope and if a tip comes up or something like that, we definitely send it to the FBI or SAPD or the Tempe Police Department, too."
MCREYNOLDS: "With what she has done, at the very best, she denied you a life with your son. Do you believe she should be able to live a normal life?"
MCQUEARY: "I don't. I don't believe she should be able to get out of jail and go live a normal life and forget about everything that happened. It's a horrible thing that she did, not knowing if what she is telling is the truth and what the truth is. I don't think she should be able to live a normal life doing that to somebody. Nobody should.
"I would say I really enjoyed being with Gabriel and in the beginning, being with Elizabeth, too. But now that everything has happened, and having a new family, you know, my girlfriend and my son are my life here, and I love being with them and hanging out with them and doing things and being with him every single day. My son, Ashton, it's amazing watching him grow up and being able to put him to bed at night and taking his first steps, everything that I didn't get to do with Gabriel. I'm not taking it for granted."
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