Beth was stunned by the news because she had spoken to her daughter frequently throughout the visit to the island paradise. They also texted often. During all of these communications, nothing made her think that something might be going wrong with Natalee’s vacation.
Because of this, Beth could only be shocked and stunned by the news that her daughter could not be located. She could not believe anything but that her daughter was alive and well and would come home to her family at some point. Anything else seemed too unreal to believe.