One of the boons of the Internet is that it can be used to help those in need by spreading information quickly and widely: disseminating descriptions of missing people, raising money to treat sick folk, requesting prayers for the desperately ill, helping to fulfill the last wishes of the dying.
Unfortunately, this boon has also proved to be a double-edged sword. Appeals for help get out quickly and spread widely, but they also never go away. Our inboxes continue to be clogged with messages about missing adults who have long since been found or sick folks who have long since recovered (or died), not to mention a plethora of missives that are nothing but mean-spirited hoaxes.
Circulating an e-mail will aid the search for Wendy Bott, a missing Los Angeles filmmaker.