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02-20-13, 03:49 PM #1
Murder victim's mother angry that police tried to use Facebook to contact herAn Atlanta-area woman is angry after she says police used a little-known messaging feature on Facebook to contact her after her son was killed.
Anna Lamb-Creasey says it took several weeks to find a message from Clayton County police telling her to call them. The news was that her son, 30-year-old Rickie Lamb, had died after being hit by a car January 24.
Even after finding the message, she initially ignored it. Lamb-Creasey says the message came from a Facebook account under the name "Misty Hancock" that featured an image of Atlanta rapper T.I. as its profile picture.
On Facebook, users can message other users who are not their friends. But those messages show up not in their inboxes but in an "Other" folder that many users don't know to look for.
Clayton County police did not immediately return a message Tuesday seeking comment. They told WSB they had tried reaching Lamb's family in more conventional ways, including visiting several physical addresses, but were unsuccessful.
Police told the station Monday that they were investigating why the message was sent from what appears to be a personal account instead of an official one.
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