Anderson, South Carolina — The Facebook page of a missing man who rarely uses social media has suddenly exploded with content, including posts related to the man and his girlfriend, who is also missing. The content includes violent images and memes.
The couple, Charlie Carver and Kala Brown of Anderson, South Carolina, disappeared on August 31, 2016.
Security footage shows that Carver left work that day as usual. But he never showed up for a prearranged dinner. Nor did Brown, who had texted friends the day before but failed to respond to text messages on August 31.
The couple’s 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix is missing. The door to their home was found unlocked, and inside were their prescription medications as well as Brown’s contact lenses and glasses.
In addition, their beloved Pomeranian dog Romeo was not in its crate — the crate was missing — and was in the home without food or water.
“That dog is her baby,” said Brown’s mother, Bobbie Newsome. “She’d never leave him like that.”
Concerned family and friends and family tried calling the couple’s cell phones, but the phones were off. However, a day after their disappearance Carver’s Facebook page announced that he and Kala had married. A week later, a short message said they were fine, but the message was soon deleted. Carver is rarely active on Facebook, so family and friends found the posts out-of-character.
Then the page exploded with content, including messages relevant to the couple. For example, several news stories were posted about the missing couple, as were stories about other missing people.
Worse, strange or violent images and memes appeared on the Facebook page.
One message read: “If I weren’t crazy, I’d be insane.” Another consisted of the final lines to the Eagles’ song “Hotel California”: “Last thing I remember, I was running for the door. I had to find the passage back to the place I was before. ‘Relax,’ said the night man. ‘We are programmed to receive. You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.’”
When a Facebook user asked in a comment about the announced marriage, “Where the hell is Kala Brown???,” the missing man’s Facebook account responded, “kala is with her husband charlie.”
The account has also messaged the couple’s friends: “im just missing to everyone else,” Carver’s account posted to a friend. The note continued, “We [are] both ok.”
Carver’s mother Joanne Shiflet insists that all photographs of the couple that have been uploaded to the account since the disappearance are at least one year old, and that her son doesn’t post memes on Facebook.
Anderson, South Carolina, police have investigated the disappearances, but now, nearly six weeks after the couple went missing, authorities still have no suspects or leads.
Lieutenant David Creamer of the Anderson police said he doesn’t think the department has tried to contact Facebook about the posts. He said,
“To do anything like that, we’d have to issue a search warrant to Facebook,”
A spokesperson for Facebook said that if the company were served with a search warrant, they would be willing to turn over “recent login/logout IP addresses.”