Claim: A 22 year-old woman named Katelyn Marie Craven is missing from the Alexandria, Virginia area.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, January 2014]
Is this for real? Been going around on Facebook.
THIS IS MY DAUGHTER WHO HAS BEEN MISSING FOR
Origins: In late January 2014 a Facebook page entitled “Katelyn MARIE Craven Information” was established for the stated purpose of helping to locate a 22-year-old woman (actually just a few days short of her
Information documenting that a young woman by that name had been missing for over two years was lacking: There appeared to be no listing for a Katelyn Marie Craven in either the FBI’s national missing persons database or any other national or local registry of missing persons, and this circumstance led many to speculate that the plea to help find Katelyn was some form of scam or hoax. However, as Katelyn would have been an adult over the age of 18 who voluntarily left at the time she was last seen by her parents, she could not have been classified by law enforcement as a runaway or a missing person.
The Alexandria, Virginia, police department said in response to an inquiry that:
The Police Department has looked into this matter. The woman has been located and is not missing or endangered. She is an adult and chooses to not have contact with her
family. This is not a criminal issue.
As of the evening of 25 January 2014, the Eldridges reported on their Facebook page that Katelyn had been located: “KATELYN MARIE CRAVEN HAS BEEN FOUND. DO NOT CONTACT ME AS TO WHERE SHE IS. SHE WISHES FOR THIS TO REMAIN PRIVATE. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HELP.”
Last updated: 27 January 2014