Missouri Woman Indicted in MySpace Cyber-Bullying Case That Ended in Teen’s Suicide

Thursday, May 15, 2008  

Such a sad and senseless tragedy my heart goes out to Megan’s family and friends.

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted a Missouri woman Thursday for her alleged role in a MySpace hoax on a teen neighbor who committed suicide after being spurned by the “boy” in the fake profile.

Lori Drew, of Dardenne Prairie near St. Louis, was charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing protected computers without authorization to obtain information to inflict emotional distress on the girl.

Drew allegedly helped create a false-identity MySpace account to contact Megan Meier, who thought she was chatting with a 16-year-old boy named “Josh Evans.”

Megan, 13, hanged herself at home in October 2006 after receiving cruel messages, including one stating the world would be better off without her.

Drew’s attorney, Jim Briscoe, did not return FOXNews.com’s requests for comment about the indictment.

Click here to read the indictment.

Drew has denied creating the account and sending messages to Megan.

U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien said the federal statute on accessing protected computers has been used before to address Internet hacking, but this was the first time it has been used in a social-networking situation.  [For full Article]

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Paige Birgfeld: Divers, Sonar Boat Search River For Missing Woman

 

Aug 9, 2007 9:30 am US/Mountain
Source: CBS4denver.com

In searching to find the lastest update on Paige Birgfeld since my last post of July 20th this one of August 9th is the most recent one I could find.  Obviously they are having a hard time as to not having much luck with their investigation as to any info they find leading any where. 

(AP) GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Dive teams and a sonar-equipped boat have searched the Gunnison River for a 34-year-old woman who has not been seen in more than a month.

Crews searched about 15 miles of the river on Wednesday in hopes of finding clues in the disappearance of Paige Birgfeld, who was last seen June 28.

Investigators and volunteers have found Birgfeld’s burned-out car and an unloaded handgun not far from the vehicle. They also recovered some of her personal items but declined to identify them.

Friends and family have described the twice-divorced Birgfeld as a devoted mother who sold kitchen products and held other jobs to support her three children. Authorities said Birgfeld also had an escort service, a discovery that surprised many who knew her.

On Saturday, search dogs released near where the car was found led investigators to a nearby RV dealership where a “person of interest” Lester Ralph Jones (foxnews) in the case is employed.

Investigators have not said what the dogs found, if anything.

Paige Birgfeld:Police Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Colorado Mom

Sunday, July 08, 2007

[Authorities have used bloodhounds to search Birgfeld’s home and torched car.]

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Clorado authorities suspect foul play in the case of a missing mother who worked with an escort service and who hasn’t been seen in more than a week.Paige Birgfeld, 34, of Grand Junction, Colo., has not been seen or heard from since June 28. Police found her burning car in a parking lot a couple of miles from her home a day after the mother of three was reported missing.

“Nothing during the course of our investigation has lead us to believe that Paige walked away from her family or that she left of her own free will,” said Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey in a statement released Saturday.

“Unfortunately, we do suspect foul play in her disappearance and the subsequent arson of her vehicle.”

Mesa County authorities have focused their search on persons of interest with whom Birgfeld may have come into contact while working for an escort service, Models Inc. She was known to her customers as “Carrie,” police said.

Birgfeld’s red Ford Focus was found ablaze in a business parking lot about 2 miles from her home on July 1.

Authorities have used bloodhounds to search Birgfeld’s home and torched car.

Her family believes she may have run into foul play in her work with the modeling agency and escort service.

“She was here in Grand Junction, and there was nothing out of the ordinary,” her father, Frank Birgfeld, told the Denver Post last week. “And then she simply vanished.”

Click here to read the Denver Post report.

Paige Birgfeld posted messages in March on http://www.chefsuccess.com indicating she feared the return of one of her ex-husbands, Rob Dixon, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported last week. She wrote that her children asked if their dad was going to kill her.

Dixon was arrested on charges of domestic violence after allegedly shoving Birgfeld during an argument and later pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of harassment, the Denver Post reported.

Investigators have questioned Dixon and said he is cooperating fully. Dixon’s attorney told the Post he was in Philadelphia working as a paramedic the week that Birgfeld disappeared.

On Monday night, about three dozen family members and friends held a candlelight vigil for Birgfeld to pray for her safe return.

Birgfeld is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 110 pounds. She has sandy hair and hazel eyes and last was seen wearing a blue strapless top with flowers and blue denim shorts. She also goes by Paige Dixon and Paige Beigler, authorities said.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department at 970-244-3500.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.