What is the definition for the word truth? a (1) : the state of being the case : fact (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : actuality.
What is the definition for the word believe? a : to consider to be true or honest <believe the reports> <you wouldn't believe how long it took>
b : to accept the word or evidence of <I believe you> <couldn't believe my ears>
: to hold as an opinion : suppose <I believe it will rain soon>
Lets look at one statement Stephen McCausland made and apply the meaning of these two words to what he said.
“We think it is highly unlikely Ayla Reynolds will be found alive,” Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said at a Thursday afternoon press conference. “Nothing points in that direction.”
He is making this statement on evidence they believe to be true but does not state it as a fact, By using the word unlikely and not saying she will not, he is leaving room for error in the conclusion they have reached.
What do they believe the percentage to be that they are correct they don't say . By the use of the word highly I would think you could safely say 90% possibly even higher. This is still their opinion and not a proven fact yet. “Nothing points in that direction.” As far as they are concerned, and by the evidence they have collected.
Some people feel, and it is their right that this is enough reason to hurl accusations at who they think is responsible. Some of the things they say in discussion of scenarios to them become fact. If you don't think so drop down a few comments and read how things are worded. This is fine, it is a part of being human, but remember to be human you can make mistakes.
I am not concerned with who is guilty LE will prove that. I am concerned with the prosecution of the guilty party, or parties. In all that Stephen McCausland has said He has not accused anyone of murder, manslaughter intentional, or unintentional.
There has been enough accusations made by the arm chair detectives by reading what LE has not said. Like I have stated this is my opinion love me or hate me. I don't really think anyone is a bad person just because of what they think. Your assessment of my interpretation and application of these two words may differ, feel free to express and expound upon them.