Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Claim: Four-year-old Jewel Strong is missing.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, March 2007]
Variations: This June 2009 "missing child"
****AMBER ALERT ****While the "help find this child" appeal quoted above does include a photo of Jewel Strong, uses the word "jewel," and describes the missing tot as being three years old, the rest is fiction. While Jewel Strong is missing, she was not abducted by a man driving a silver-colored truck or anyone else. She didn't disappear in Idaho, either, but in Florida. Also, she went missing in 2006.
***3-YR-OLD GIRL ***
TAKEN BY A MAN DRIVING A NEWER SILVER TRUCK IN IDAHO FALLS, IDAHO.
** LICENSE PLATE NUMBER... 72B381. ***
"PLEASE KEEP THIS GOING!!".
WHAT IF THIS WAS YOUR LITTLE GIRL?
if she was your daughter, you would forward it.
Missing 3 year Old Girl -
You never know, who knows whom.
PLEASE HELP US BY FORWARDING THIS EMAIL UNTIL THIS REACHES A WORLD-WIDE AUDIENCE AND JEWEL IS RETURNED HOME
Origins: The above-quoted missing child alert is one that is difficult to classify: It isn't a hoax, and the girl described (Jewel Strong) did disappear, but her "missing" status is the result of an accident rather
Over Memorial Day weekend of 2006, Jewel Strong (then three years old) of Jonesboro, Georgia, was vacationing with her family at a beachside spot in
After the accident, Jewel's parents, Racharel and Simona Strong, expressed doubts that authorities made adequate efforts to investigate their daughter's disappearance and stated that they still held out hope she was alive somewhere. "I know she's
However, others involved with the search indicated there was little chance (if any) that Jewel survived the accident and might still turn up alive:
"I'm hoping just like they're hoping for aThe Strong family has maintained that a girl spotted in a
The parents received their first solid piece of evidence when a customer at the Golden Corral on San Jose Boulevard thought she spotted the girl with three black women. The restaurant's surveillance video showed what the mother said are Jewel's unique mannerisms.The family expressed similar optimism about reports from Orlando, Florida, in August and September of 2007:
"(My) son has seen it, mother, sisters, aunts — everybody in our family has seen it. Everyone is completely convinced that it's her," Jewel's mother, Simona Strong, said. "We watched her walking around, dancing, bumping into people. We know our daughter."
[T]he Strongs believe their daughter may be in Orlando. Over the past two months they received reports of Jewel sightings at Disney World and at an Orlando hospital. The latest clue that gives the family hope is anAuthorities have not expressed the same level of optimism.
Last updated: 20 June 2009
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