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Claim: A 17-year-old girl named Yohana Ravelo is missing.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, September 2007]
Origins: Once again a "missing child" Internet-circulated alert proves to be a hoax.
The appeal to aid in the hunt for 17-year-old Yohana Ravelo began circulating in the online world in mid-September 2007. Like the Evan Trembley leg-pull, this was yet another case of teens pulling a practical joke on the online
As a bit of general advice, it's usually a good idea to be suspicious of "missing child" alerts that fail to describe what the youngster was wearing on the day he or she disappeared or give information about where and when the kid was last seen ("missing for two days now" and last seen "on Friday" aren't of much use when the date of the disappearance isn't provided).
As another bit of general advice, before passing along any "help find this child" alert, look at some of the online missing children databases — chances are, if the youngster is really missing, at least one of them will provide information about the case. For example, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), America's Most Wanted's missing children page, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's Missing Children Information Clearinghouse fail to serve up entries about a 17-year-old Florida girl named Yohana Ravelo, which likely wouldn't be the case if such a teen had been abducted.
This is a hoax and nothing but. The contact e-mail address given in the alert is non-existent, and the phone number provided (786.718.1144) belongs to
However, most tellingly, discussion on the MySpace page belonging to the "missing" girl makes it clear the abduction alert originated with one of the friends.
Last updated: 29 September 2007
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