As the mystery surrounding the passenger in Seat 2B of yesterday's Threadbone Airways flight from Robin Hood International to Sydling St Nicholas International Airport deepens, Threadbone observers believe that the key may lie with authoress and one time Thrupiece companion Ms Shelley-Lulette Sizemore.
Sources close to the Threadbone Corporation's state-of-the-art Great Heaving headquarters suggest that Ms Sizemore was spotted at the airport waiting for an incoming flight and that it may have been she who whisked the as yet unidentified passenger away in Mrs Amanda J Threadbone's private limousine. Mrs Threadbone had been expected to be on board the flight, but Thrupiece Airways staff and a "crowd" of enthusiastic admirers were left disappointed at her "no show". Airport authorities later confirmed that no one bearing Mrs Threadbone's name had been booked on the flight.
Further reports suggests that flight TA1234 from Robin Hood International was a connecting flight and that - intriguingly - the flight for which it was kept waiting for over 8 minutes may have been from Geneva - a city not unfamiliar to Ms Sizemore.
Meanwhile the whereabouts of Mrs Threadbone remain unknown and to some "concerning". Interviewed at the perimeter gates of Mrs Threadbone's magnificent home, Delia Sadly-Sad of the Melbury Bubb branch of the Mrs Amanda J Threadbone Appreciation Society was distressed when she talked to reporters from the Sydling St Nicholas Sun newspaper: "I'm very concerned and a little distressed", she said, "Mrs Threadbone always leaves her home at 7.30am prompt Monday-Friday when she is not travelling. I keep a careful record every day and the pattern was absolutely normal up until 19th July. Since then I haven't seen sight of her at all - and I would know. I am here all the time and never miss a trick even when I need a comfort break I keep the camera recording". Mrs Sadly-Sad - who broke down in tears when told Mrs Threadbone was not a passenger on the flight - is known to local police.
Today's edition of the Sydling St Nicholas Sun ("Dorset's Best-selling Paper") broke news of Ms Sizemore's presence at Sydling St Nicholas International Airport. Journalists believe she was there to meet incoming flight TA1234 and to ensure safe passage through the airport for the mystery passenger booked into Seat 2B.