Claim: A 13-year-old girl named Carissa Malanitch is missing.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, February 2009]
This girls’s mother works in the mall at the Thai Way Express. Please look at the picture, read what her mother says, then fwd this mess. on. My
Origins: Most missing child alerts circulated via
The entreaty to help find Carissa Malanitch first reached us on
cell phones in Missouri, Nevada, and Utah, and included a photograph (displayed above) of a blonde girl sitting in a car.
None of the versions or descriptions of them subsequently received include even the most basic information one would expect to find in a genuine missing child plea: where Carissa Malanitch went missing, the date, time, and location where she was last seen, a physical description of her, a description of what she was last seen wearing, contact information for her parents, or contact information for the local police authorities handling the case. All that was provided was the information that the child’s mother “works in the mall at the Thai Way Express.”
A variety of searches through news accounts and law enforcement and missing child web sites, including the site of the Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), failed to turn up mention of a missing girl named Carissa Malanitch.
The one piece of identifying information provided in the message, an
That address has subsequently been registered, as this auto-reply generated from it on
Hello. This message is an auto-reply, from someone not related to miss Malanitch. I read the story of the text message at the Urban Legends Reference Pages website, http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/missing/malanitch.asp and decided to try registering the account. To my surprise, it was not already registered. Please take the fact that this email account did not exist when the message was written as a sign that it is a hoax.
Last updated: 11 February 2009