So this happened

The cousin of a certain MP contacted me today to say the photo I have of her on Charley, isn’t really her. I was not surprised; I’d previously heard from another source that there were grave doubts about the authenticity of the photo.

I asked the cousin if she had an actual photo of the MP, and she said she did, but didn’t feel comfortable giving it to me, I think because she wasn’t a close relative of the MP. She said MP’s brother would be the person to ask.

So, I asked, could she provide me the MP’s brother’s name?

And instantly she was like “Oh, never mind, I shouldn’t have brought it up, bye.”

I am going to have to remove the MP from Charley, as that photo was the only one I had and it’s actually of someone else. But meanwhile, the fake photo is on NamUs (that’s where I got it from), and god knows where else, and unless someone in the MP’s family steps up, it’s going to stay like that.

4 thoughts on “So this happened

  1. Erin July 26, 2019 / 5:25 pm

    Are you sure she’s a cousin & not a fraud?

    • Meaghan July 26, 2019 / 5:26 pm

      It’s not like she offered proof, but I can’t think of any reason why someone would lie to me about that. Especially as I’d heard elsewhere that the photo was a fake.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan July 27, 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Meaghan, I would contact NamUs, and dump in their lap. Then they contact the family or the law enforcement agency who entered him into their system. It’s important to them to have accurate information on the person who has been entered as missing.

    • Meaghan July 27, 2019 / 4:28 pm

      I had heard before that MP’s photo was probably not legit. The story is there was a web sleuth out there who was sure MP was a certain Jane Doe, but as there was no photo of MP, this wasn’t exactly a convincing match. Then suddenly this web sleuth “found” a photo of MP, and she looked a lot like the Jane Doe. But the person wouldn’t say how and where they had found this pic and many people were suspicious that they’d just used some random photo from somewhere that they pretended was MP, to strengthen their argument that she was the Jane Doe.

      The photo’s origin story sounded sketchy to me too, but it was all just a suspicion and no one could prove it was a fake. Well, I think the cousin’s testimony is good enough.

      Ima let NamUs know. It’s out of my hands at that point. I think it’s disgusting that a person supposedly trying to help would deliberately say a photo was of MP when they knew it was not. Gives amateur sleuths a bad name.

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