Good news! I got an email from the woman last week. ..Seems she's been in the hospital for a month or so and was quite apologetic, sending me the reel right away, which I received today. So I guess I'm the jerk in this story - badmouthing and reporting a woman who was laid up in the hospital.. All's well that ends well though. She's out of the hospital and I'm glad I was wrong about the reel being stolen. It's nice to know that people are still honest, for the most part.