Evan Trembley – The Missing Boy Hoax

I would imagine most people have heard of the missing girl, Madeleine McCann, but did you realise that there are always hundreds of missing children around the world at any point in time?

For that reason, I don’t think it is particularly clever to joke about such things but, apparently, Evan Trembley does.

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This email hoax has been going round inboxes for most of this year –

My 15 year old boy, Evan Trembley, is missing. He has been missing for now two weeks.

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. Please pass this to everyone in your address book. With GOD on his side he will be found.

“I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE.

It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone knows anything, please contact me at: HelpfindEvanTrembley@yahoo.com

I am including a picture of him.

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!!

The media believe that Trembley initiated the above email himself, and no organisation that monitors missing children are aware of his disappearance.

Personally, I think to joke around such a subject matter is sick as it distracts from those children who really are missing, and the pain their parents must be feeling.

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Comments

  1. Ms Kamal: I read a number of the Google hits and the impression I got from some of them was that it was intended solely as a prank on friends who without checking with other sources, assumed it was legit and triggered the exponentially-growing propagation to an internet-wide full-bore hoax. The tale went viral, as they say these days. Kids will be kids and unless it can be established that Evan intended it become what it in fact became, i.e., that his intent was malicious, I’m inclined to cut him some slack. I reiterate what I said in my earlier post: Given the prevalence of internet hoaxes, always check out stories like this BEFORE you forward to anyone. This story has so many of the tell-tale signs of a hoax as to make it questionble on a casual read.

  2. Joetta Qasim Kamal says:

    WOW what an insensitive unthinkable
    Thing to do to caring loving trusting
    Human Beings ! He should be severely
    Punished & made an example of so
    Other spoiled “Inhuman Idiots” would
    Be deterred from repeating his childish
    “Prank”! Most people would say, “awe
    It was just a Prank” but he still should
    Be PUNISHED because of the severity
    Of the Subject ! I hope that One Day
    He understands truly of what He did &
    Find out how Painful it really is to Lose
    A Child & be as Disgusted with himself
    As Everyone else is..I’m Very Sad 4him
    & his Family ! It’s NOT a Damn Joke!!!!

  3. It amazes me that people are so gullible. Given the prevalence of internet hoaxes, everyone should know by now that you NEVER accept this stuff at face value until you check it out. My best friend is Google and I ALWAYS use him to check out stuff like this before I clutter all my friends’ Inboxes with SPAM. Read all stuff critically. Do these alerts give the date and location where the person was last seen? What he/she was wearing? Height, weight or other potentially usefull info like birthmarks, tats, piercings, scars… This Evan hoax has zip. Another site states Evan, a real kid living in Texas, started this himnself as a prank on his friends. People…it takes a minute or two to check out this stuff. Don’t be fooled and don’t look like an idiot by forwarding hoaxes to all your contacts.

  4. I received this email today in Queensland.

  5. judy loadsman says:

    i would just to express my disappointment of such emails being a scam…i really dont appreciate being lied to and especially being given the guilt trip of ” if it were your child you would want people to pass it on.” that alone is so wrong. i sent that email to all my friends and now we all look just as guilty as mr trembley himself..i hope he never has to face a situation like this for real when he has children. Because he will feel twice as bad as the parents who have integrity on such matters.
    ahame trembly shame…how dare you ..there are people out there with broken hearts because their children really are missing.

    • I’ve always made the point that these hoaxes divert valuable time and other resources away from those children who really are missing so I quite agree with what you said.

  6. I think it it aweful to put forward a missing child assisance request, Evan’s “disappearance” has reached South Africa. Today was the second time in a few months that I received it, so I googled him this time. Try google all missing kids requests I get and have previously not been able to find any trace on the internet of the missing child I am googling so I would imagine this has been done often. Shame on the people doing it – the missing kids out there deserve better than some morons faking a disappearance. I suppose we should feel sorry for them though, they obviously are not intelligent enough to know better.

  7. scam,

    I didn’t post this!!! Could you please take it off. I would never post anything like that. Idiots that post things like that should stay in scam.com!!!

  8. At some point the internet will lose it annominity and hoaxes and criminals will be penalized for its abuse and mis-use.

    • Technically, the internet isn’t anonymous now James – people can often be identified even when using a proxy.

      With the more criminalised aspects of the web it is the enforcement that is lacking.

  9. This has just reached Spain.
    I feel it is in such poor taste, missing children is not something that we can joke about.
    I hope this does not stop real cries for help in the future.

    • I totally agree about poor taste Emma.

      It’s amazing that this same story is spreading across the world so long after it originally appeared.

  10. I wouldn’t want to know how it feels to have one of my children go missing at any age. This one did not circulate to my inbox, so first time to read it here. Sad to think anyone would find humor/kicks in faking the disappearance of a human being. I know it has happened before though, and it is inconceivable in my mind. Every means of communication is helpful when it is indeed a serious matter. Just have to move past the quacks in life.

    • It circulated around America last year but my stats indicate that it is now doing the rounds in Australia.

      These fake missing kid hoaxes really upset me as they take attention from those who really do need it :(

  11. Tricia Marshall says:

    I get a lot of these missing children emails that sound the same but always have different names on them. Guess the kids like to copy and paste huh?

  12. NANC YAHR says:

    :sad: I SENT THIS EMAIL TO MANY OF MY FRIENDS, IT HAD COME FROM MY NEPHEW WHO IS A POLICE OFFICER IN NORTH CAROLINA. I AM SORRY HE WAS MISINFORMED AND SO WAS I. I WILL NOT STOP SENDING THESE IF THEY LOOK REAL BUT I WILL CHECK OUT THE SITE. SO SORRY FOR PARENTS WHO ARE REALLY TRYING TO USE THE INTERNET TO HELP.

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