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Help Find Ashley
Summary of the eRumor: The eRumor includes a picture
and says it is of a 13-year old girl named Ashley Flores who has been
missing for two weeks. She is said to be the daughter of a deli
manager for Acme markets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
Another version claims she is missing from Mandurah, Western Australia.
The Truth: This eRumor started
circulating in 2006 and has been one of the most widely circulated emails
on the Internet.
It is not true, however. It is a hoax.
Ashley Flores is real and, at this writing, is alive and well and was
never a missing teenager. The email saying that she was missing was
sent as a joke by one of her close friends.
TruthOrFiction.com knew that it was probably an eRumor because the wording
of the email was almost identical to two other widely circulated hoaxes
about missing persons. But the question was who is Ashley Flores,
how did this eRumor get started, and who is the girl who is pictured in
We checked with the Philadelphia police department, Acme Markets, as well
as several organizations that document cases of missing children and there
was no Ashley Flores.
We did find pictures on social networking sites of a girl who looked
similar to the one whose picture was circulated with the eRumor and who
had the name Ashley Flores. Following those leads we were able to
find the person who actually created the Ashley Flores email and get a
little of the background on the story. That was an oddity because
tracking down the creators of some of the biggest eRumors is usually
Her name is Vickie and both she and Ashley are from Philadelphia.
Vickie told TruthOrFiction.com that it all started on Myspace.com when
someone posted a bulletin about a missing girl. Vickie thought it
would be fun to replace the picture and the identifying information with
that of her best friend--Ashley Flores. Vickie said she did it with
Ashley's permission and posted it just once on Myspace. From there
it jumped to forwarded emails and the rest is history. She said she
thought that both her and Ashley's friends would get a kick out of seeing
Ashley pictured as a missing person and they all got a chuckle out of
it--without realizing how big this would all get.
What impact has all of this had on Ashley? Vickie said people who
had not talked with Ashley for years started contacting her or dropping by
her house because of the eRumor. The police once came to Ashley's
school inquiring about her and that was when Vickie and Ashley explained
that the whole thing had been an innocent joke and that nobody was really
missing. She said the police came to seek proof of that.
Vickie told us that in preparation for furthering her education, Ashley
had applied to several colleges and that she heard from some of them who
thought she was now missing and were wondering what was going on.
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
look at the picture, read what her mother says, then forward his
if everyone passes this on, someone will see this child.
That is how the girl from
was found by circulation
of her picture on tv. The internet circulates even overseas,
, and Canada etc. Thanks
pass this to everyone in your address book.
have a Deli manager (Acme Markets) from
who has a 13 year old daughter who has been missing for 2 weeks.
Keep the picture moving on.
With luck on her side she will be found.
am asking you all, begging you to please
forward this email on to anyone and everyone
you know, PLEASE.
My 13 year old girl, Ashley Flores, is missing.
She has been missing for now two weeks.
is still not too late. Please help us. If anyone any
where knows anything, please contact me at: HelpfindAshleyFlores@yahoocom
I am including a picture of her.
All prayers are appreciated!! "
only takes 2 seconds
to forward this.
it was your child, you would want all the help you could get.