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Bogus amber alert reported in Chatham

On Tuesday social media in CK had a report go viral that claimed a 15-year-old girl was missing and an Amber Alert had been made.

Police have confirmed the report is false. “Please disregard this info, Lyndsay is not missing, we know her location and she is safe and sound.”, said police spokesperson Renee Cowell.

The report indicated Lyndsay Drew Boose was missing since October 26.

Florin Marksteiner, a Thamesville man, had found the picture and notice of the girl missing in the Thamesville post office and took a picture of the notice and posted it on Facebook. Markensteiner was victimized by the post office notice and tried to do what any concerned parent would do. “It is really bad it was a prank, and very good she is not missing. I would try and help if it happened again, and I would hope anyone would do this for my child.”, said Markensteiner.
Theresa Vandendriessche,  Post Master in Thamesville told the CKReview that the notice was placed by the minister of the Presbyterian Church in Thamesville, whom she says claimed it was a family friend. “The notice was removed about a week ago.”, said Vandendriessche, “I am not sure why all this is happening now. I will not accept such notices from now on, I do not want to get into trouble.”
A phone number listed to the church was not in service.
An Amber Alert is a very serious situation, where a child is reported missing and would be a prominent story in any local media, including the CKReview.
* this story originally had an erroneous report that Lyndsay and Laura May Jubinville were the same person, which has been corrected.
Steve Boose, the father of the girl who was falsely reported on social media as missing, has a submitted article to the CKReview about his experience published here.

22 Responses to Bogus amber alert reported in Chatham

  1. Laura May Jubinville

    November 6, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Excuse me you have your info wrong this is my account!! Im Laura May Jubinville my account is NOT bogus. Im a real person. Please fix your mistake.

    • Greg Holden

      November 6, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      The report does not claim your FB account is bogus. It properly states the name listed as a missing person is Lyndsay Drew Boose, who has a FB account under the name Laura May Jubinville.

      Neither name was reported as a bogus name. Although it begs the question.

      • Laura May Jubinville

        November 6, 2021 at 12:51 pm

        As read it states which ive just said this is my account . not hers perhaps your words need to be stated correctly. As such a missing persons alert was posted on Miss Laura May Jubinvilles account with concern this matter was investigated and the report fro.police confirms that the amber alert was false. Thank you for all your concerns. I hope in the near future this young lady learns a lesson . Instead it reports that she has been using my account which is bogus. Please remove your post . Your post is stated wrong. As requested fix it please . Im quite upset over this & so are family

        • Greg Holden

          November 6, 2021 at 1:12 pm

          I understand better now then Laura and I will correct the story. I understood the FB post to be saying they were the same person and I see now that is my misunderstanding.

  2. Lindsay

    November 6, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    how does it beg to question when Laura and Lyndsay are two different ppl?
    Please explain that Laura (Who is the one that first made the comment on here is my friend) she was at the hospital with her son last night Lyndsay is NOT laura

  3. Concerned

    November 6, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Can not believe how rubbish the editing is for this “news” page. Get a literate editor. Also, it is great to know that Vandendriessche wants to take no part in missing children posters, whether they are missing or not. Whoever reported on this and wrote this update should really consider getting their facts straight and attempt NOT to make their witnesses LOOK BAD.

    • Greg Holden

      November 6, 2021 at 1:44 pm

      The quote from Vandendriessche is an accurate one. There is no attempt to make her look bad. I stand by the quote 100%.

  4. Sly MacDonald

    November 6, 2021 at 12:56 pm

    Greg Holden, you need to be empathetic to Laura’s situation. This girl does not have a Facebook account under the name Laura May Jubinville. Laura May is a real life person who just happened to share Lyndsays photo. Laura’s account is not being used by anyone other than Laura, and had no reason to be mentioned in this post. She was simply another citizen trying to help in the only way she could. You “begging the question” that Lyndsay is using Laura Mays Facebook is not only incorrect for you to state, but extremely unprofessional. Please fix this.

  5. Craig

    November 6, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    In response to everyone here; news media is run by people, and people make mistakes. The mistakes have been corrected thus far, if there are any other errors in this article, please feel free to e-mail either Greg or myself. We will then make the appropriate corrections.

    The two Facebook names are no longer being disputed, and it is realized that the two accounts are not associated with the same person.

    We apologize for the errors, and for any upset feelings. The information CKReview received was not the most clear, and was originally misinterpreted.

  6. Kathleen Boose

    November 6, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    This is ridiculous. This story is about my daughter and I made the poster and my friends posted it because her Dad and I live over an hour away. Due to circumstances that are nobody else’s business my daughter was living in Chatham. She ran from her place of residence and due to her age we were very concerned. The police did not issue an amber alert as we were quite certain that she had left on her own. After a couple days of wondering if she was okay I asked some friends to keep an eye out for her and I sent them the poster. This was not a prank - it was concerned parents, and equally concerned friends trying to ensure the safety of a 15 year old girl. I appreciate the help and support that my friends gave to me during this horrible, but thankfully short, period of time. We contacted everyone who had distributed the posters on Friday when we received word that she had been found. Unfortunately it was after business hours and some posters were not removed until Saturday.

    • Laura May Jubinville

      November 7, 2021 at 12:17 am

      I believe someone has a huge apology to be given here. Im truly sorry Katherine for all the misleading accusations this reporter has made. In all honesty this post should be removed I dont understand why it hasnt. As stated my daughter wished for this post to be removed. It seems this reporter did not investigate his facts properly. I am happy that your daughter is safe. Please except this,apology on my behalf .

      • Laura May Jubinville

        November 7, 2021 at 12:20 am

        This was written by my mother I was still logged in.

      • Greg Holden

        November 7, 2021 at 10:42 am

        The bogus account of a missing 15-year-old had over 500 shares on Facebook. 900 before it was pulled.

        An entire community was concerned for the safety of her and hundreds of people thought she was missing.

        And you think the story should be removed?

        Think again. This story put to rest an uneccessary and terribly inaccurate rumour and only the CKReview has the story.

        There are no misleading accusations made here. Get your facts right.

      • Greg Holden

        November 7, 2021 at 10:50 am

        If anything, your daughter owes an apology to the 500 people she helped spread false news of a missing girl to.

        Who knows how many people saw this false claim?

        This story has had over 500 reads since it was posted and hopefully it put to rest the irresponsible and wreckless social media rumour, and it was perpetuated by your daughter.

        • Brian Colaneri

          November 7, 2021 at 10:20 pm

          Ok number one, she shared it so she could help.

          Greg Holden: And in her quest to do so, she sent out a false alarm about a girl who was missing, that was not missing.

          It’s your job as a reporter to get the news out correctly.

          Greg Holden: And that is exactly what I did.

          Seeing this was published on your site, you’re the one should be fixing it.

          Greg Holden: Fixing what exactly? The story stands and is 100% accurate.

          Number two, she is in no place to give an apology

          Greg Holden: Then she has no sense of responsibility. I sent Laura an apology, the moment I realized her Facebook account is not Lyndsay’s work. I corrected the story and removed that small part. The rest of the story stands and is completely accurate. That is what a responsible adult does, they admit they made an error and is something I have as yet to see from anyone who took part in spreading a false story about an Amber Alert. So I’d say she is very much in that position, and she should be happy to link to this article on Facebook and show that yes, she indeed did unfortunately spread a false account of a missing girl.

          since you screwed up on giving a false story out.

          Greg Holden: False. The story is quite accurate, and is about a bogus Amber Alert.

          I can tell you right now if you don’t take this down soon, you’re gonna have plenty of consequences to deal with Laura here. She’s pissed over your mistake and you demand her to to apologise for your screw up.

          Greg Holden: You kid yourself if you think you intimidate anyone.

          Get the facts straight. Take it from one journalist to a future one

          Greg Holden: Get your facts right, this article is quite accurate. I’d wish you luck as a journalist but I really wouldn’t mean it. When you can point to a single inaccuracy, you will. Start!

  7. Greg Holden

    November 7, 2021 at 8:15 pm

    There are now 938 (was 939) shares on Facebook that warn of Lyndsay Drew Boose having an Amber Alert.

    • Laura May Jubinville

      November 7, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      Excuse me but no it was not. It was posted by someone else which I shared bc I have concerns with someones child missing. YOU CLEARLY ARE MISSING THE POINT . NOT ONLY DID YOU MAKE FALSE ACCUSATIONS ABOUT ME BUT ALSO ABOUT ANOTHER TEENAGE GIRL WHICH YOU CLAIMED TO HAVE DONE INVESTIGATING ON . WHICH YOU DIDNT YOU CALLED THE POLICE STATION AND ASKED ABOUT A MISSING CHILD WELL GUESS WHAT SO DID I!!!! THEN YOU POSTED STATING THAT SHE WAS USING MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT WHICH WAS BOGUS. I COMPLAINED NUMEROUS TIMES ABOUT YOUR FALSE STATEMENTS!!! THIS IS THE REASON IM UPSET & ASKED FOR YOU TO REMOVE YOUR POST. SO MR. YOU ONCE AGAIN HAVE MISREPRESENTED YOURSELF AS A NEWSPERSON. I HAVE RESPECT FOR PEOPLE BUT YOU DONT DESERVE ANY. POINT YOUR FINGER AT THE RIGHT PERSON BEFORE YOU START TO JUDGE OTHERS. # now that my rant is over. I will,continue with my day without the likes of you. Once again get your own facts straight before you report any more of your garbage you call news.

      • Laura May Jubinville

        November 7, 2021 at 11:16 pm

        Have you even read your own news report??? I think you havent bc if you did you wouldve realized once again you are posting false accusations. You think I need to apologize bc I shared a missing persons report on FB? As stated & I quote YOU!! ” Florin Marksteiner a thamesville man , found the picture and notice and took it home & posted it on facebook. Mr. Marksteiner was victimized & did what any concerned parent would do. Hmm seems to me I did what he did as a parent I shared a missing persons poster HOW IRONIC IS THAT???!! seems to me your story is lacking thereof… Had this gentleman not have found the missing persons flyer & brought it home & posted it on facebook to share info on a missing child then this would never of been on social media. Oh look I did your proper investigating right there for you. I am rly rly upset you keep bashing me for sharing a missing childs poster. I did what any responsible citizen wouldve done!! I did not know that this child was found, & neither did the gentleman who posted her picture in the first place had he not of posted this picture on facebook you wouldnt have A STORY. That being said why dont you demand an apology from Mr. Marksteiner for posting on facebook. Ohh thats right bc u think hes an outstanding citizen & im just some stupid girl looking for attentiion .

        • Greg Holden

          November 8, 2021 at 1:29 am

          I think you need to apologize, as would anyone who shared the story, to those people who they falsely advised a girl was missing when she was safe and sound yes.

          I think Markensteiner needs to apologize even moreso, in spite of the family of the girl exonerating him. It is the 900+ people who shared this false story to their readers that they should apologize to, not the family. but perhaps the family as well considering they have made public their personal experience. They said they wanted to keep it off facebook because they couldn’t track where the story went, and here we have it where 900+ people on Facebook are sharing the story. So ya, even though they throw Markensteiner a free pass, I’d say he owes them an apology too. You asked, and that is my answer. And yes, he did what he felt was right…. but it wasn’t right. He did what any parent would want to do, but shouldn’t. The police, the CKReview, the Chatham Daily News, Blackburn… we are the sources for local news. I have a police report every single day and I know when there is an Amber Alert quite quickly. No girl was missing, no Amber Alert had been made and to counter this false rumour on social media the CKReview did what is expected of it’s readers, we broke the story and said what was actually the case.

  8. Florin MARKSTEINER

    November 8, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Ladies and gentlemen,

    It’s time to let the past be history and to thank all of you that were involved in the story. Let’s thank God that she’s ok.
    Let me thank you for the good will of sharing the post and for showing concern on a missing person, just like me. I do appreciate you all and I thank God for you.
    Lyndsay’s parent wrote me a really nice note and I think that goes to all of you
    So, let’s all be friends and be happy that there was no tragedy in Boose family.

    Now apologize to each other and invite each other for a coffee. I think this “little event” brought together wonderful people. We should all celebrate that.

    All the best to all of you and peace.

    Florin MARKSTEINER

    • Greg Holden

      November 8, 2021 at 1:38 am

      Thank you for removing the post Florin. I think it is the best thing that could be done at this point.

      It should stem the tide of the spreading of the Amber Alert.

      I stand by the story and I am happy to publish any thoughts you have on it. Steve Boose wrote an article for the CKReview as well and I think it shed light on any of the unknowns in the story. I would have been happy to interview the family given the chance.

      Pulling the story down, I think is the best retraction you could make.

  9. Greg Holden

    November 8, 2021 at 1:20 am

    Reply to Laura:

    I corrected an error that was made, where I misidentified your facebook account as being run by Lyndsay. I made that correction when it was pointed out to me.

    You said “Thank you Greg for correction. I dnt mean any disrespect at all just letting everyone know that this is my personal account & that I do not know this young lady but was concerned for her whereabouts. Thank you for being understanding as I am a mother & do worry for others safety.”

    Now you are upset?

    There was 1 error, it was corrected. You made 1 complaint that I ignored because you did not make yourself clear. Once you did, I corrected the error.

    That is what integrity looks like. The story as it stands, is perfectly accurate. I corrected a single mistake and…. this story would not exist if not for people like yourself who spread false news, without correction. Taking the high-road to say “well at least she is ok”, hardly compensates for spreading false rumours online, which took up police time and some press time too. In your noble quest to break a news story that no news organization had, no police site had, you ended up assisting in the creation of a social media fiasco. The shares on Facebook reached over 900, when does it become a news story to shatter this illusion you helped to create?

    If you had not been named at the top of the original Facebook post, you would have simply been 1 of the 900 dupes who is spreading this false alarm. Instead, your name was associated by me, and because of how it was phrased on the original post on FB, as being the girl who was missing, running a Facebook account in your name. That was corrected.

    If you had not been party to spreading a false Amber Alert, you would not be reading about yourself now having done so.

    And you failed to show a single inaccuracy in the article.