A mother from Georgia was upset for weeks over the disappearance of her son, but was even more upset when she found out he was dead over a Facebook message sent by police.
Anna Lamb-Creasey was searching for her son for weeks, calling hospitals, jails, and anyone who might know where Rickie, 30, would be. He went missing on January 25.
On Facebook, she wrote a message reading: “Rickie, where are you? Love mom.”
Unfortunately, Rickie wasn’t missing. He died after getting hit by a car on January 24, but authorities failed to contact her until January 31.
The means by which they contacted her has many questioning the department’s ethics, as Lamb-Creasey was sent a message from a stranger on Facebook named “Misty Hancock.” The person’s profile picture was of Atlanta rapper T.I.
The message was written to Lamb-Creasey on January 31, but she did not open it until February 14, when her daughter realized it was about Rickie. At first, Lamb-Creasey thought it was a scam, which was why she was reluctant to open it.
“I’m thinking it’s just a fake,” she said.
But upon reading the message, she realized it was important and real.
It read: “Anna, this is Lt Schindler with the Clayton County Police Dept. It is important that I speak with you immediately. Call me at 678-***-****. Thanks so much.”
She called the number and was connected to police. They told her that Rickie Lamb died when he was hit by a driver as he crossed the road on January 24 around 11 p.m.
Lamb-Creasey is angered that her son’s body was left to sit in a morgue for almost a month and that she had to find out about his death over the Internet.
“They told me that they did the best that they can do,” she said. “But I’m not sure about that. If they can track a criminal down, they couldn’t track me down? They could have done better. I’ve been on my job 13 years, they could have found me.”
Clayton County police said they tried several times to contact her, including calling home phones at several addresses, but claimed they couldn’t reach anyone.
They’re looking into why Misty Hancock’s Facebook was used, as Lamb-Creasey said they should have at least used an official police department Facebook page if they were going to contact her through it.
Rickie’s girlfriend is also upset about the way they contacted her.
“People need to know that it’s a police department trying to contact them,” Melissa Wilson said. “If you just have a picture of a rapper T.I. no one’s gonna take that serious.”