Some fine detective work

I was awakened this morning by a call from Michael’s mother, who said she had to relay a message. The police investigating a certain MP who shall remain nameless wanted to get in touch with me, like, yesterday. They thought I could help, she said.

“Why did they call you?” I said.

“Because they don’t know your number,” she replied.

Well, I had figured that — what I meant by “why did they call you” was in the sense of “how did they figure out that you, of all people, would know how to contact me?” But I left it at that and called the police. It turns out I was not able to help them after all.

I never got a chance to ask how they’d connected Michael’s mom to me. The only way I can figure is Facebook. On my own personal Facebook page I’m listed as “in a relationship” with Michael, and am friends with him and a bunch of his relatives. Now, he doesn’t have a land line and neither do I, but his parents do.

I think that’s some fairly impressive detective work there. But it makes me want to go and change my Facebook privacy settings.

11 thoughts on “Some fine detective work

  1. Justin December 3, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    I’ve been contacted by LE by phone due to some emails I sent them about some missing persons. I wasn’t leaving my phone number at the time, but I did list the city where I get my mail and am registered to vote, which is my uncle’s house. I think they checked the DMV records which gave my uncle’s address and called my uncle’s house, who in turn contacted me and told me to call them. Now I have started leaving my phone number.

    • Mion December 4, 2013 / 10:36 am

      Yeah, always include your phone number when giving a tip to LE. It makes it a lot easier for them to contact you, verify that you really are who you claim to be, and be more confident that your tip isn’t a hoax. I always worry a little that they won’t take me seriously because they just have to look me up to learn that I’m only 19 and one of those ”armchair detectives”, but that can’t really be helped, so … sad day for me, lol

      • Michael December 4, 2013 / 7:26 pm

        What or who is LE?

      • Justin December 4, 2013 / 7:34 pm

        Law Enforcement

      • Michael December 4, 2013 / 7:39 pm

        Thank you Justin

      • Justin December 5, 2013 / 1:36 am

        I didn’t like giving my phone number because I would get calls at work, which in addition to being frowned upon by my bosses for taking personal calls while working, it was inconvenient since I work in a factory setting and the background noise was bad. Plus, I usually had emailed several LE about missing persons and I couldn’t recall most of the information I wanted to talk to them about off the top of my head. If I tried to call them back, it was usually hard to do because most detectives are out of the office doing fieldwork and it becomes a game of telephone tag. I really preferred contact by email, but eventually, I decided it was probably better to leave my phone number anyway.

  2. kim December 3, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    i understand what you mean by it makes you feel like you want to change your status on your facebook account, but on the otherhand, how wonderful if you had been able to help.
    i am still amazed when i think about how many connections there are electronically out there to help find someone that were not out there 10-15 + years ago that could have helped so many people.
    especially in the 70’s and 80’s when it seemed so many people went missing.
    gosh facebook and the internet would have been a blessing for all of us to have been able to connect 🙂

    • Meaghan December 3, 2013 / 9:38 pm

      Yeah, I just read an article yesterday about a guy who, surfing around Facebook, stumbled across the name of a person he’d mugged twenty years ago. He sent a FB message to the other person to say “I’m sorry I mugged you, I was a real idiot and felt terrible about it for years.” And the victim wrote back saying “I forgive you.”

      • Justin December 3, 2013 / 10:20 pm

        I would have asked for my money and watch back.

      • Meaghan December 3, 2013 / 10:39 pm

        The mugger committed his crime right in front of an undercover police officer, so he was arrested immediately and sentenced to community service. (He was a minor, during the time when that actually mattered.) He never saw his victim again, though.

        The victim didn’t have any money, I guess. It turns out the robber was only able to get a bus pass.

  3. Michael December 4, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    A friend of mine was stalked by someone she trusted on Facebook. Her life is just now getting back on track. Be very careful about what you share on facebook.

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