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Mother Learns Of Son’s Death Through Facebook Message From Police [Photos]

Mom learns of son's death through Facebook

Clayton County, GA – An Atlanta mother is furious with police after receiving a cryptic Facebook message that led to the discovery of her son’s death almost a month after he died.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Anna Lamb-Creasey had been trying to track down her son, Rickie, for weeks after he went missing on January 25. She called hospitals and jails only to find no trace of her boy. Lamb-Creasey then posted on her son’s Facebook page, hoping to find some information about where he was. “Rickie where are you,” she wrote. “Love mom.”

Posting on Facebook worked, but not in the way anyone — least of all a worried mother — would ever expect. Lamb-Creasey received messages in the “Other” folder, which many Facebook users are unaware exists. The messages were from someone named “Misty Hancock,” whose profile picture was of rapper T.I. Lamb-Creasey’s daughter also received the message.

“I’m like, OK. I’m thinking it’s just fake,” Lamb-Creasey said.

That would have been the end of it if it weren’t for Lamb-Creasey’s daughter, who finally called the number listed on Misty Hancock’s Facebook page, on Valentine’s Day.

The person on the other end was a police officer who had been trying to reach Lamb-Creasey with terrible news: Her 30-year-old son was dead. Rickie Lamb had been hit by a driver on January 24. He had been dead for almost a month before his mother learned of his death.

The police used the name Misty Hancock to contact Anna Lamb-Creasey

“They told me that they did the best that they can do. But I’m not sure about that. (Because) if they can track a criminal down, they couldn’t track me down? They could have done better,” Lamb-Creasey said. “I’ve been on my job 13 years. They could have found me.”

Rickie Lamb was killed by a driver on January 24

Lamb-Creasey also said she didn’t understand why the police department used the Misty Hancock profile to reach her. Clayton County police said they made every effort to notify the family using conventional means, but, after checking several addresses, they had to resort to Facebook. Clarence Cox, a spokesperson for the Clayton County Police, told The Huffington Post the profile had been used “in an undercover capacity.”

This isn’t the first time a parent had to learn about their child’s death through Facebook. Last November, 17-year-old Jasmine Benjamin died in her dorm room, and it wasn’t until her parents saw a message of condolence on their daughter’s profile that they learned of her death. An ex-boyfriend, Darien Meheux, was recently arrested for Jasmine Benjamin’s murder.

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6 Responses to “Mother Learns Of Son’s Death Through Facebook Message From Police [Photos]”

  1. Kim Jackson

    Ok, you have no other way to contact your son, but, through FB? From the photo of the Mother it seems she has a transient background, because there is a hotel tariff sign on the door, behind her, yet, she has most of the current electronics, but, could not travel to where her son was last seen? She really should take some of the responsibility, because she and other family members do NOT communicate BEFORE they went on their separate ways or had ICE information in their phones or wallets that were current. The police had to be careful, because they were also conducting an investigation of his death, so I understand the moniker, instead… Sorry, I am sorry for her loss, but, based on the separation of the family in local, there is a strong feeling of some familial dysfunction here, and in their grief, are trying to blame someone other then themselves! I truly suspect, Mom is trying to build a legal case against the police, but, their is more familial issues here, instead. Some parents tend to think that they cannot contact the police to report a possible missing or endangered person, in the last known place of residency. It is called a "health and comfort check." I had spoken to my parents weekly for years, at certain times, while overseas. One week I could not get in touch with them, and knew their schedule well. I contacted my hometown police, who went to their home, and checked on them… Find them safe, but, Mom was in the hospital for emergency surgery, Dad called after Police informed him, I was concern about them… Talked to Mom and told them to NEVER DO THAT, AGAIN… they were worried I would panic… Yeah, with twenty plus years in medicine, NOT!
    There is a big difference in learning your child was killed with a condolence note, by a fellow student, when there is a unexplained death, where people thought she was sleeping… The police had to make sure their protocol was followed to preserve evidence, and confidentiality.

    TODAY, CONTACT YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS AND TELL THEM TO PLACE INTO THEIR PHONES, PURSES, CAR GLOVE COMPARTMENTS, HOME REFRIGERATORS, AND WALLETS:

    ICE.

    (IN CASE OF EMERGENCY).

    1. YOUR IDENTIFYING INFORMATION (PLACE NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE, INTO THE PROPERTY INFORMATION OR ON MEMO PAD).

    2. EMERGENCY POINT OF CONTACT NAME (GIVE TWO NAMES).
    ADDRESS (WORK AND HOME).
    PHONE NUMBERS (WORK, HOME, CELL).
    EMAIL ADDRESS (ES).
    CAR LICENSE NUMBERS (PLACE IN OTHER INFORMATION AREAS, SUCH AS MEMO PAD).
    ALLERGIES: (PLACE IN OTHER INFORMATION AREAS, SUCH AS MEMO PAD).
    PRIMARY DOCTORS INFORMATION (NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER).
    MEDICATIONS: (PLACE IN OTHER INFORMATION AREAS, SUCH AS MEMO PAD).

    WE SWITCH TECHNOLOGY SO FAST, WE FORGET TO UPDATE OUR TABLETS, PHONES, CAR INSURANCE INFORMATION, MEDICATIONS, OUR CHILD'S BACKPACKS, SPOUSES WALLETS, PURSES OR BACKPACKS, EVEN OUR HOME INFORMATION, LIKE AN EMERGENCY INFORMATION ON OUR REFRIGERATORS… Take time today to make this change, could save your life or a loved one!

  2. Anonymous

    People should keep all their information updated, but "the mother" is my Aunt. She is not blaming another for his death. She looked and called all the jails and hospitals for my cousin. Yes, she did recently relocate, but there was a forwarding address. She does not have a "transient background" so please refrain from your analysis because you do not know the facts. Seeing that he is a grown man, no one assumed the worse, we simply believed that he might be tied up with his own life. Plus he just moved to Georgia from Nevada. If he had commented a crime, they would have found her. They simply were not diligent in getting my cousin back to my Auntie. They Facebooked her a message that had information about her son that used a profile picture of T.I. and labeled with a stripper's name that NEVER reached her inbox by the difference of a dollar. That is the outrage especially when she had a forwarding address and the same job for over 10 years. She doesn't want a lawsuit, she wants an apology for someone's laziness and for dragging out her grieving process by having him laying in freezer for 20 days. That is outrageous!