Who doesn't know when they watered their lawn in a tighter frame of time than 3 hours ?I agree with the wide gap in time of the man seeing them between 12 and 3 , it seems as if he would be able to give a better time scale I mean did he spend 3 hours watering his lawn? Also, I wonder if anyone else on that street or the streets between their house and this witness' house might have also seen something I mean maybe the police should go back through the neighborhood and confirm that anyone that lived on those streets were not home or could not have been able to see something as I am sure he was not the only person to be outside also wondering if there are any business in the area that have surveyllance video that could be viewed to see if the girls actually rode in that direction any outside video might be helpful ya know
First, it's hot/drought, so what neighbor wouldn't notice that someone was using water at noon ? your eyes get drawn to water on a hot day at noon !
2nd, when you're inside your house, you can hear your water run if you're watering the lawn.
3rd, unless you have an irrigation system running underground & automatized, you'd be running in & out moving it so all of the lawn is watered & timing the watering for each section.
So, I don't find him reliable.
I think the bikes being found where they are is either a red-herring, to divert from where they were really taken from, or they were met up with at this "bad spot" (which the dad pointed out is like a trap, kids couldn't extricate themselves from a bad situation with someone meaning them harm), & they were lured away & dragged off or taken then.
Girls love their purses, & wouldn't willingly leave one behind with a cell phone w/games on it. If they got into trouble & were able to identify it as "trouble", had presence of mind to get the phone out, they could dial 911. But that's expecting a lot of children their ages. Adults would place bikes against a fence; one of the bikes didn't have a kickstand, & I know as kids we used to lay ones like that on the ground so that's a "concerning" detail to me. I wonder if it's a "Phil & Nancy Garrido" kind of abduction ? Tasers ? jmho