Sunday, August 21, 2011

Facebook Found Missing Student

The frantic search for missing Stanford University student Jacob Boehm through social networking website Facebook has a happy ending.

The 22-year-old has been found safe and sound at the Kuala Tembeling Resort near Taman Negara.

Pahang CID chief SAC T. Narena-segaran said Boehm went missing after entering the country from Thailand.

“After ordering police to check every resort, we found him at the Kuala Tembeling Resort near Jerantut,” Narenasegaran said yesterday.

Boehm's parents had set up a Facebook page “Jacob Boehm missing in Malay-sia” after they failed to locate him, sparking headlines in newspapers in the United States.

An update on the page finally traced him to Taman Negara, where park rangers located the entry record of Boehm, who was expected to come out of the park by Tuesday.

His mother Nancy Luberoff said the information that the family re-ceived on Boehm's whereabouts had come about directly as a result of the “extraordinary Facebook community”.

“We now know that someone linked through this Facebook group had used his Malaysian connections to mobilise efforts to search for Jacob in the Taman Negara National Park. We are deeply grateful,” she said on the page.

Boehm, who was travelling alone on American and German passports, was in Thailand until Aug 9 or Aug 10 before he started travelling around Malaysia.

According to a public Google map on which Boehm recorded his travel itinerary, the places he visited in Malaysia were Kota Baru, Kuala Terengganu, Kuantan and Jerantut.

Parents of the bespectacled young man lost contact with him since Aug 14 and he had not accessed his bank account for over a week.

They also filed a missing person's report with the US and German embassies in Malaysia.

US Embassy press attache Harvey Sernovitz confirmed that Boehm's family had contacted the embassy here on Thursday.

“The embassy has been in contact with the family and the relevant authorities,” he said - The Star