In 2008, Adrienne was a student at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and went to Florence, Italy for a 6 week study abroad program. Kathryn, a student at George Washington University, enrolled in the same course and they were room mates during the six week stay in Florence. Adrienne was born and raised in Northwest Kansas. Jill, was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After the six week study abroad program ended, neither girl contacted each other.