Missing Person: Evan Trembley
Netlore Archive: Hoax 'Amber Alert' circulating via email claims 15-year-old Evan Trembley (also spelled 'Evan Tremblay' or 'Evan Trembly') of Wichita Falls, Texas is missing.
Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Aug. 2007
Email contributed by Casey B., Aug. 22, 2007:
Subject: Fwd: FW: KID LOST.......
Staff Sergeant Rick Williams
Wichita Falls Police Dept.
1007 N. Elm St.
Wichita Falls, Texas 76310
Fax (940) 691-6346
Please look at the picture, read what his mother says, then forward this message on.
My 15 year old boy, Evan Trembley, is missing. He has been missing for now two weeks.
Maybe if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child. That is how the girl from Stevens Point was found by circulation of her picture on tv. The internet circulates even overseas, South America , and Canada etc. Please pass this to everyone in your address book. With GOD on his side he will be found.
"I am asking you all, begging you to please forward this email on to anyone and everyone you know, PLEASE.
It is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone knows anything, please contact me at: HelpfindEvanTrembley@yahoocom
I am including a picture of him.
All prayers are appreciated! ! "
It only takes 2 seconds to forward this.
If it was your child, you would want all the help you could get!!
Analysis: False. Here, another "innocent" prank by a teenager has mushroomed into a full-scale hoax. Evan Trembley, 15, of Wichita Falls, Texas, is not missing. Mr. Trembley (whose name is sometimes misspelled "Tremblay") has admitted to the police that he created this message himself to amuse his friends. Presumably, the tens of thousands of people outside Trembley's circle of acquaintances who have received copies of the hoax and believed it are somewhat less than amused.
The text of the message was copied from a previous hoax, the Ashley Flores chain letter, which was launched in 2006 by friends of the Philadelphia teen and got similarly out of hand.
According to a report by KFDX-TV News, Wichita Falls police are investigating the Evan Trembley affair but probably won't press charges.
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Sources and further reading:
Teen's Prank Backfires
KFDX-TV News, 23 August 2007
Last updated: 09/05/07