Myth Blaster – The Case of Ashley Flores


 

The following is one of the Internet myths that disturb me the most, there are several, but this one particular has resurfaced again and forwarded all over:[Photo of girl at Myth Blaster Gallery] …

I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE. Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child. That is how the girl from Stevens Point was found by circulation of her picture on tv. The internet circulates even overseas, South America, and Canada etc. Thanks We have a Deli manager (Acme Markets) from Philadelphia, Pa who has a 13 year old daughter who has been missing for 2 weeks. Keep the picture moving on. With luck on her side she will be found. My 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores, is missing. She has been missing now for two weeks. It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone any where knows anything, please contact me at: HelpfindAshleyFlores@yahoo.com I am including a picture of her. All prayers are appreciated!! It only takes 2 seconds to forward this. If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get.”

Myth Buster Verdict = FALSE. Stevens Point is in Wisconsin by the way and not far from the Peninsula a local reader, Diane S., asked if this was real (she couldn’t find it at the official missing children site) – and last night I got another message concerning it from Debbie, Arkansas. Sometimes you can pick up on key words, in this case it is “Acme Markets” – no such grocery store. This myth is listed at Urban Legends who writes: “Most missing children alerts circulated via e-mail fall into one of two categories: genuine reports of missing children that continue to be forwarded long after the child has been found, or hoaxes imploring readers to look for children who aren’t missing or don’t exist.” This one is a complete hoax. The Yahoo email address provided is also a hoax to make you believe it is true, relying on the fact that most folks will not contact that address. Urban Legends has discovered that it was a concocted kid’s prank, so the picture is real but some brat thought it would be funny to post their friend’s picture as a missing child.

If you are interested in the subject and real missing children, go to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – where you will get real stories of real missing children and their up-to-date status.

6 comments on “Myth Blaster – The Case of Ashley Flores

  1. Christina m says:

    There is such a store as Acme in Philadelphia. It is very prevalent in this area. However as stated at http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/ashleyflores.asp when Acme was contacted they stated that this was a child’s prank.

  2. Keith says:

    Christina, thanks for the info about Acme. (I assume you are in Pennsylvania?) Stevens Point is a place name that is in more than one state. As I wrote that Diane S., Wisconsin thought it was Stevens Point, Wisconsin and couldn't find any information concerning this. At any rate, thanks for the footnote.

  3. Diane Schleicher says:

    Here's another one of the "missing girl" things. As usual it is a hoax.
    Here are a few sites to look on. All I did was type in the name and city.
    Look at it all and see how many people have forwarded this. Another example
    of why I delete all that type of information before I forward anyuthing. I
    wish I knew if the stuff I send out gets the same treatment. I doubt it.
    Have fun with this one.
    Diane

    a.. Ashley Flores is Missing? – BreakTheChain.org
    Few things move people like news of a family in crisis. Most chain letters
    about missing children are based on fact, but usually out of date. This one,
    however, appears to be the stuff of fiction. … Acme Markets) from
    Philadelphia, Pa who has a … Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S.
    Authority on runaway and child abduction cases in the U.S., has no record
    for Ashley Flores …
    http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/ashleyflores.html – 8k – Cached – More from
    this site – Save

    a.. Ashley Flores Missing Child Appeal
    Email forward claims that 13-year-old Ashley Flores is missing from
    Philadelphia. … Acme Markets) from Philadelphia, Pa who has a 13 …
    missing child named Ashley Flores. There is nothing about this supposed
    missing child on the Philadelphia Police …
    http://www.hoax-slayer.com/ashley-flores.html – 16k – Cached – More from this
    site – Save

    a.. Missing Children Emails, Spam & Hoaxes
    … Missing Child Alert … Ashley Flores. Hoax. The email states: We have a
    Deli manager (Acme Markets) from Philadelphia, Pa who has a 13 year old
    daughter who has been missing …
    http://www.childalert.org/hoaxes.htm – 24k – Cached – More from this site – Save

  4. Frances says:

    It states in the email that the child was missing from MO and Not Stevens Point or PA. I am still going to check with the State of MO to see if it is a hoax.

    5/3/09

  5. Keith Lehman says:

    Frances:
    The perpetrators of this hoax have been found out and the picture of “Ashley Flores” is an image of a real person who the high school students thought it would be funny to use a photo of someone they know in this hoax.
    Thanks for your comments …

  6. Patti says:

    Out of sincere concern I e-mailed this to all my friends only to find out it was a hoax. I then e-mailed them again letting them know it was a hoax. Now I know to check the facts before forwarding anything.

    What a waste of time and sick prank. I wish they could prosecute the pranksters.

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