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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Is 16 year old Carmia Williams another Victim of MySpace.com Predators?


Local High School Student Missing Feared to Have Fallen Victim to Internet Predator

Posted: February 20, 2006

It is yet the latest incident possibly linked to myspace.com and similar web pages.

Police are investigating the disappearance of a 16-year-old Newark girl whose mother believes may have runoff with an older man. A man she met on myspace.com who was posing as a teenager. Her mother has not heard from her at all in well over a week and she is very worried.

Sabrina Prado/missing girl's mom: "Even her closest friends that she has known for years, she hasn't contacted them and the scariest thing is, she's not made any activity on her cell phone at all."

Sabrina Prado of Newark, Delaware says she last saw her 16-year-old daughter Carmia Williams, a freshman at Newark High School, on Thursday February 9th.

"I told her 'I will see you tomorrow. If your report card is bad I will be taking your cell phone away from you.'"

She hasn't seen Carmia since.

As part of her search to find her she went on the Internet to see what her daughter had been up. She discovered she had been on websites like myspace.com talking to men who it turns out were posing as teenagers.

"You got 30-year-old men that are emailing my daughter, 39-year-old men emailing, sending her poems."

Email records Prado found indicate she last communicated with a man in Brunswick, New Jersey and a 21-year-old in Wilmington, Delaware that she recently referred to in a letter as her boyfriend.

"I know I will never leave you for anyone else and even if I am not pregnant, I know we will try again and then we will both be ready for that step in life."

Wilmington police have questioned that man and searched his house but haven't found anything that would make him a suspect. The man in Brunswick has not been located.

It is the latest incident possibly linked to Internet websites like myspace.com, the leader of social networking sites that encourage users to build larger circles of friends.

But perhaps not surprisingly, authorities are discovering that sexual predators are also on those web pages looking for prey. What Sabina Prado found has been a wake up call.

"The internet is not safe for anyone, I didn't know there was so much information that these children can access especially on myspace."

"There are so many children out there, little boys and girls putting their information out and I'm sure their parents are not aware."

Operators for myspace.com are working on making the popular website a safer place including plans to appoint a safety czar to oversee the site.

Meanwhile the investigation into what happened to 16-year-old Carmia Williams continues.

Click Here for Carmia's NCMEC Poster.

Click Here for Updates.

Story Courtesy of WPVI.

2 Comments:

  • At Saturday, February 25, 2006 4:44:00 PM, Anonymous jill said…

    You know, it seems to me that every young murdered girl these days has a myspace account. This has troubled me greatly, but I get feedback from others that online journaling isn't really that dangerous.

    I talked it over with my husband. He feels that if myspace has over 50 million users, the incidences of murder are just below average, and of course these people would have myspace accounts. He is right, but I still ask myself: does the fact that our kids are more accessible make them more likely to be harmed?

    The only thing I can hope through the media attention myspace has gotten lately, is that more parents are now aware, and will monitor their children's online activities better.

     
  • At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 8:33:00 AM, Blogger From Whispers to Roars Admin said…

    Dear Poster Partner:

    Carmai Williams missing from New Castle, DE, has been recovered. Please discontinue dissemination of this poster. Your participation in this program has made a valuable contribution to this recovery.

    Please remove and discard any posters on this case that you have placed in public view.

    Thank you for your support.

    The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

     

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