A fake Facebook user repeatedly messaged Anna Lamb-Creasy with instructions to call a phone number. She now knows it was the Clayton County police behind the avatar.
Anna Lamb-Creasy had been looking for her 30-year-old son Rickie Lamb for weeks. She'd called family, hospitals and jails in the Atlanta, Ga., area, but no one knew where Rickie was.
Then, weeks after he went missing, she started receiving mysterious Facebook messages from a person named "Misty Hancock," whose profile picture appeared as the popular Atlanta rapper T.I.
The messages asked her to call a number, but Lamb-Creasey brushed it off, thinking she was being tricked. After all, Hancock wasn’t a friend of hers, and she barely had noticed the messages in the first place because they flowed into her "other" inbox, which occurs when a message is sent between two parties who aren't friends on Facebook.
Lamb-Creasey's daughter received the same messages with a phone number from Hancock. She acted similarly at first, treating Misty Hancock as a spammer.
As the pair grew more desperate however, Lamb-Creasey's daughter gave in and dialed the listed number on Feb. 14.
On the other end of the line she spoke to an official at the Clayton County Police Department, south of Atlanta, who gave her awful news: Rickie had been dead since Jan. 24, struck and killed by a car.
Now, the Lamb-Creaseys are demanding to know why detectives contacted them through Facebook regarding Rickie's passing and used a phony account to do so.
"They told me that they did the best that they can do. But I'm not sure about that. If they can track a criminal down, they couldn't track me down? They could have done better," Anna Lamb-Creasey told WSBTV. She said at the time of her son’s death, she was moving from Suwanee to Alpharetta, both suburbs of Atlanta, but she still worked at the same place. "I've been on my job 13 years. They could have found me."
Clayton County law enforcement say they made every attempt to contact Lamb-Creasey by conventional means, including home visits. In every instance, they claim the family was unavailable. According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution, they also say they reached out to police agencies in other cities where Lamb had family, only to come up unsuccessful.
Misty Hancock, police say, is a fake person Clayton County detectives use in their investigations. They're unsure why investigators used the fictitious account instead of an authentic page for the police department. MSN News could not find a Facebook page or profile for the Clayton County Police Department.
As of Tuesday, according to the AJC, Anna Lamb-Creasey still did not have her son's death report.
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