Anna Lamb-Creasey of Georgia found out her missing son was dead through Facebook nearly a month after he was killed. (Photo : Reuters)
"Social networking" is already terrifying, but one mother received the fright of a lifetime recently when she learned of her missing son's death through Facebook, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Anna Lamb-Creasey of Georgia found out her missing son was dead through Facebook nearly a month after he was killed, the Huffington Post reported. Lamb-Creasey's son, Rickie Lamb, had been killed by a vehicle on Jan. 25 in Forest Park, Ga., but she didn't learn of his death until Valentine's Day when a fake Facebook profile operated by local police messaged her, according to WSBTV.
"I'm like, OK. I'm thinking it's just fake," Lamb-Creasey said, the AJC reported.
Clarence Cox, a spokesman for the Clayton County Police, explained to the Huffington Post that authorities sent the Facebook message to Lamb-Creasey from a false account with the name "Misty Hancock" that used a profile photo of rapper TI. The department had used the profile before "in an undercover capacity," Cox said. "We had no intention of it getting out all over the media like this."
Lamb-Creasey might have never found out about her son's death had it not been for her daughter who investigated further into the fake account, calling the number listed on the "Misty Hancock" profile on Valentine's Day.
Cox claimed that authorities "had used all the traditional methods" to find Lamb-Creasey prior to attempting to locate her via the Facebook message. Police were sent from other jurisdictions to several addresses associated with the Lamb family, he attested.
Lamb-Creasey isn't so convinced.
"They told me that they did the best that they can do. But I'm not sure about that. (Because) if they can track a criminal down, they couldn't track me down? They could have done better," Lamb-Creasey said, the AJC reported. "I've been on my job 13 years. They could have found me."