Mom: Cops Used Facebook to Inform of Son's Death
Message unread in 'other' folder for weeks
By John Johnson, Newser Staff | Suggested by pg13
Posted Feb 19, 2013 4:36 PM CST
The Facebook logo.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) – An Atlanta mother is peeved after what sounds like a police outreach fail following her son's death. When Rickie Lamb, 30, was hit by a car and killed in late January, police sent word to his mother via Facebook, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. One problem with that is that message went into Anna Lamb-Creasey's "other" folder because it wasn't from a friend and lingered there for 20 days. In the meantime, Lamb-Creasey was frantically searching for her son, who lay in the morgue.

The mystery finally ended when Lamb's sister got the same Facebook message, called the phone number, and was told her brother was dead. Inexplicably, the Facebook messages came not from the police department's account, but from the account of someone named Misty Hancock, with an image of rapper TI. As a result, both women initially thought it was fake when they finally saw it. Police, who can't explain the Misty Hancock thing yet, say they tried conventional means to inform the family. But "if they can track a criminal down, they couldn't track me down?" asks Lamb-Creasey.

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Feb 19, 2013 11:21 PM CST
Welcome to the most sophisticated police-state on Earth! Next time when they want to arrest someone, they send a FN message like this: "Police: hey man, where are you? Suspect: i'm here. P: where? S: in the jail you bananabreath! P: WTF? S: you arrested me for burglary 2 days ago. P: is that right? S: yea. P: oh shit, we forgot to put u in our database...
Feb 19, 2013 8:13 PM CST
There is not enough information within this article. The police do death notifications in person. Not on Facebook. This whole matter is horrible. My condolences to the family.
Feb 19, 2013 7:31 PM CST
Why was the mother so hard to reach?