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.