Mother Finds Out Son is Deceased from Facebook

February 21, 2013  |  
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We understand that Facebook and Twitter have become the new platform for providing information to loved ones. For example, wedding announcements, job hires or a new baby on the horizon. What we don’t and may never understand is the usage of Facebook or Twitter to notify people of a death.  Believe it or not, that’s exactly what happened to Anna Lamb-Creasy.

According to Atlanta Constitution Journal:

A mother is furious after she says a bizarre Facebook message from police contributed to it taking almost a month to find out her son had died.

Lamb-Creasey had no idea her son had died when a driver hit him as he crossed Tara Boulevard and Old Dixie road Jan. 24 around 11 p.m.

Anna Lamb-Creasey told Channel 2′s Tom Jones she had no idea that if someone who is not a “friend” sends her a message, it goes to a box called “other” in the message folder.

That’s where she said she finally found a message from Clayton County police to call them. But it took her weeks to do that, because of the strange name on the account listed as “Misty Hancock.”

They paid it no mind because of the strange name and the profile picture of Atlanta rapper TI.  ”I’m like, OK. I’m thinking it’s just fake,” she said.

Lamb-Creasey had been searching for weeks for her son, Rickie Lamb, 30. He had been missing since Jan. 25. She called hospitals and checked jails.

Clayton County police said they made every effort to contact the family in a more conventional way. They said they checked several addresses and never could reach anyone.

How would you feel if police notified you of a family members death via Facebook or Twitter?

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