There are a lot of email hoaxes constantly going around the internet that tell tales of missing people, especially children.
I commented before that such emails are often seen as a joke, or claim to fame, by some of the people behind them.
Additionally, I mentioned that they distract from real cases of missing persons.
That is exactly what has happened with Matt Leveson.
Someone by the name of Courtenay who would appear to be a friend of Matt’s made a post on a forum, explaining how he has been missing since 23rd of September and basically appealed for help in finding him.
This is the post –
NICK NAMES: MATT OR MATTY
HEIGHT: 5 FT 7
ATHLETIC BUILD APPROX 75 KG
BLEACHED BLONDE HAIR
LIVES IN CRONULLA/SUTHERLAND
EMPLOYED IN HURSTVILLE
Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see him. That is how the girl from Stephens Point was found by circulation of her picture on TV.
If anyone knows anything or has seen him please contact Melissa @ Sutherland Police Station
On 02 9542 0899
Additionally, there is also a link to Matt Leveson’s myspace profile.
Obviously, this is quite a legitimate appeal for aid and people are likely to respond to it with useful information or messages of support.
However, I think it is quite sad that it has now started to get emailed around the world with an additional phrase of “Please pass this on to everyone you know, everyone in your address book” because that, coupled with the reference to the girl at Stephens Point, make it appear to be very similar to hoax emails that are currently around.
Hopefully you can see my point – the proliferation of such hoax missing person emails may mean that these genuine appeals for help get dismissed as being more of the same.
You never know, someone, somewhere, may just have a snippet of information that could aid Matt or his family but they may not even realise that his disappearance is genuine.
The latest information about Matt Leveson is not too optimistic – police found his car abandoned on 27th September and now fear foul play.