MySpace is blamed for disappearance of two teens.

Mothers Think Teens Were Lured Away By MySpace.com Suitors

POSTED: 9:41 am PST February 26, 2006

http://blogging.la/images/2006/02/alexandradimarco-thumb.jpgCALABASAS, Calif. — Sheriff’s detectives sought clues Sunday in the disappearance of two teenage girls whose mothers believe were lured away from home by men who contacted the girls via MySpace.com. Alexandra Nicole Dimarco, 13, and Alexis Anne Beyer, 15, were last seen Feb. 15 at a condominium complex at on Las Virgenes Road where both girls live, said Deputy Alba Yates of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Detectives said they believe the two are together and may have run away, she said.

Alexis’ mother, Edie Beyer… and Alexandra’s mother, Kim Bridradfield, told the Daily News they believe the girls’ disappearance is linked to MySpace.com, where both girls had “blogs.” Bridradfield told the newspaper that men who Alexandra met via MySpace.com had called the family’s home before her daughter disappeared, prompting Bridradfield to forbid her from logging onto the site. “She had a blog and I kept her off of it,” Bridradfield told the Daily News. “I’ve had several phone calls from men. That’s why I took her off of it.” Neither girl has logged onto MySpace since their disappearances.

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/02/alexisbeyer-thumb.jpgThe mothers told the newspaper that their daughters did not take many belongings with them and even left behind prescription medication. Alexandra is white, about 5 feet 1 inch and 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Alexis is white, about 5 feet 8 inches and 160 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.

Anyone with more information as to the the girls’ whereabouts was asked to call sheriff’s detectives at (818) 878-5538.

The worst part of this story is obviously that there are two girls who are missing and their mothers are worried beyond belief. But I can’t help but to think that this story is being spun by local media to focus on all the hoopla about all the reports of kids being the prey of sexual predators on MySpace. Regardless of the reasons of the girls’ disappearance, I hope that they return home safely and quickly.

An article in the LA Daily News mentions that Alexis left her mom a note that said, “Mommy,” said the note, scrawled in her daughter’s handwriting. “I love you very much. Goodbye forever.” The article from The LA Daily News seems to be the most thorough article on this story.

Photo credit: Handouts, reposted from LA Daily News website

17 Replies to “MySpace is blamed for disappearance of two teens.”

  1. MySpace certainly doesn’t help. It’s a shame COPPA didn’t go to 18. That said, these parents must have their heads up their asses — know what your kids are doing online.

  2. To blame MySpace for predators meeting kids online is asinine. It was already happening when I signed onto Prodigy in 1995 for the first time!

    But you know, MySpace is the root of all evil.

  3. Coincidentally, NBC4 has been heavily promoting, during the Winter Olympics, their investigative report on MySpace, which will air on Monday night (2/27) at 11:00 PM. Of course, this being a sweeps month, it was presented in a very sensationalist tone.

  4. Joz:

    You’re spot-on about the article in The Daily News being most thorough. Susan Abram is a top notch journalist. I’ll be certain to share your praise when I speak to her later this morning on another matter.

    Joining you all in hope that the two girls are far from harm and will soon be home safely,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

  5. Kyle, read my post again. I didn’t say MySpace was the root of all evil. I said it didn’t help minimize this type of thing. I used to work for AOL; I know how these things work or don’t work. The bigger problem is parents who don’t pay attention to what their kids are doing — and that was my point.

  6. Wow, local news being sensationalized? Who’d a thunk it in the land of car chases. It would be extremely nice if LA news focused more on facts and trying to drum support for finding these girls instead of making it a much watch story at the 11pm hour. It only plays towards fear as opposed to trying to be helpful.

    (Sorry, stepping off soapbox)

  7. ALEXIS: If you are SOMEHOW reading this, I hope you know that all your friends, AND I, are missing you so much! I used to see you everyday afterschool and you’re such a great person!!! COME BACK HOME SAFLEY! As for the myspace.com blame, it’s not their fault. Kids need to be more educated about what goes on in the world. Everyday on the news, another girl is kidnapped, raped, and/or killed. I’m sure I speak for us all when I say we ALL need to be a little more careful.

    ALEXIS I LOVE YOU!

    –Jacquie De Vallescar
    (Freshman at Calabasas High School)

  8. Stas & I have been very good friends with Alex DiMarco for 3 years now…And we knew she had done wild stuff…but not this wild…
    She usually just pulled some pranks…But this just scares us…
    Stas used to live in the appartments along with Alex,and I would come over every Friday so we could just fool around…
    We miss her so much..She was the funny one and the one who held us all together…I still remember the last time I saw her…And it brings tears to my eyes…
    Why would she do this…
    I’m typing this as I look at all the pictures over my desk of all of us,and she’s just smiling and joking around…
    I can’t stand those people that walk by and say “Alex DiMarco is sooo stupid.”
    Shut up. Sure,she’s wild.But She wouldn’t do this…
    Stas and I are going to visit Kim this weekend and see if we can help…
    ALEX WE MISS AND Stas & I have been very good friends with Alex DiMarco for 3 years now…And we knew she had done wild stuff…but not this wild…
    She usually just pulled some pranks…But this just scares us…
    Stas used to live in the appartments along with Alex,and I would come over every Friday so we could just fool around…
    We miss her so much..She was the funny one and the one who held us all together…I still remember the last time I saw her…And it brings tears to my eyes…
    Why would she do this…
    I’m typing this as I look at all the pictures over my desk of all of us,and she’s just smiling and joking around…
    I can’t stand those people that walk by and say “Alex DiMarco is sooo stupid.”
    Shut up. Sure,she’s wild.But She wouldn’t do this…
    Stas and I are going to visit Kim this weekend and see if we can help…
    ALEX WE MISS AND

  9. When I heard about this from my mom I started to cry. Im a friend of the family and i feel completely helpless because I live in Arizona now, My dad lived in that apartment complex and she was my cousins step-sister. This is completely sad and i hope they are found, I dont necessarily think Myspace is to blame because they cant figure out sexual predators from a simple profile, however more people need to report weird conduct of suspitious people online its better to be over cautious then under cautious
    Im praying for Alex and her friend Alexis and I hope they will come home safely!

  10. I am very involved at the school that Alex Dimarco last went to. This is a little girl who has been expelled from 2 school. Everyday she had to be removed from her classes. She had little respect for adults. As of now she has been found at a home in Carson, and it was NOT linked to myspace. This is a teenage girl who obvioulsy has NO guidance at home. Kids have been running away from home long before there was internet and MYSPACE. Bottom line, pay more attention to your kids.

  11. A MOM…..Being involved at her school doesnt mean you know the kid. All the adults that live near her like her a lot because shes very respectful of everyone who treats her with respect. Save you righteous garbage because its that attitude that makes kids with their own identity want to rebel. Alex is a good kid, who knows already that adults dont deserve respect just because they are older than her. She has a great Mother by the way. And Im sure your child is perfect right?
    Your just like all the other snotty calabasas Moms who think their kids walk on water. Just shut your hole. I would bet your daughter ends up becoming a stripper to spite you soon. Loser.

  12. A MOM…..Being involved at her school doesnt mean you know the kid. All the adults that live near her like her a lot because shes very respectful of everyone who treats her with respect. Save you righteous garbage because its that attitude that makes kids with their own identity want to rebel. Alex is a good kid, who knows already that adults dont deserve respect just because they are older than her. She has a great Mother by the way. And Im sure your child is perfect right?
    Your just like all the other snotty calabasas Moms who think their kids walk on water. Just shut your hole. I would bet your daughter ends up becoming a stripper to spite you soon. Loser.

  13. Let’s all be thankful that the girls were found.
    Stop all the nonsense of bad comments. If you worked at the school then you should know that you are not suppose to give up information about the students. I think yoiu problally even signed a form for that…….

  14. I d’nt think that all the blame is my space. In this case every body have something to do in the child life, staring with the parents and finish with the president… years years ago went the child do wrong the parent had the right to put dicipline, now the child do wrong the said i going to call child abuse. Today days is no control in this world. The day start today and want to finish the same day. I feel sad.
    GOD BLESS ALL!

  15. For any kids that know the girls…. Please keep in mind that they are going through a lot of uncomfortable things right now. They dont need any lectures and any judgement. Believe me Im tempted to walk next door and ask about every detail and say whatever I can think of to make em feel better, but they will obviously have enough to deal with in the near future. Basically Im asking that everyone just go easy on the girls please.

  16. maybe everyone would feel bad if the little girl wasnt walkgn around in mini skirts down the block ot impress all of the skater boys in the neghborhood. the girl was looking for trouble, starved for negative attention….

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