Facebook Message Saved Hostage

A woman in Sandy, Utah, was held against her will, along with her 17-month-old son, for almost five days by the father of her child. He had taken her cell phone and refused to let her leave, but she eventually found a laptop and was able to access Facebook.
Police Sgt. Jon Arnold said the woman hid in a closet with a laptop to post her plea for help on the social networking website, saying she and her son would be "dead by morning" if they were not rescued.

The post prompted someone to call police, who went to the home to check on the woman's welfare.

"Facebook was her only outlet that she had at the home," Arnold said. "It just happened that she was able to use it."

Police arrested Troy Reed Critchfield, 33, and booked him into jail Saturday for investigation of aggravated kidnapping, forcible sodomy, aggravated assault, domestic violence, child abuse, animal cruelty and other charges.

Critchfield was on probation for charges related to a domestic violence incident. Link -via The Daily What

(Image credit: Salt Lake County Jail)

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Yes, she could have used email. Any social network would have worked, and would have been seen by more than one person. It wasn't anything in particular about Facebook that saved her; it was just what she used.

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Lizzy:

Fair enough. I can see how someone going through that would be totally screwed in the head and not be able to string two thoughts together.

What's your excuse?
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The cynic in me finds this suspicious. If she had a laptop, there were multiple ways she could have used it to get help. Like sending an email.
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We're so lucky that we have FaceBook, because there is nowhere else to go for help when you're online.

Right now, I'm having chest pains, so I'm going to update my status. Hopefully someone will "poke" my heart back into rhythm if I lose consc
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