MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — For almost six weeks, there has been no sign of missing Madison County woman Savannah Spurlock.
While social media has helped get the word out about her disappearance, her family says that people on Facebook are spewing hateful, violent comments about the missing mother of four.
“Facebook says they’re against bullying, but here they are letting this poor person be bullied. She can’t protect herself,” said Spurlock’s aunt Lisa Thoma.
Spurlock last was seen leaving a Lexington bar Jan. 4 in the company of three men. On her Facebook page, there are hateful comments that we cannot show.
Thoma tells LEX 18 that Facebook administrators have refused to let Spurlock’s mother access her account so she can make changes to the privacy settings.
“They’ve told me each time, ‘Sorry I can’t help you, this is a privacy issue,’ because I can’t prove that Savannah is deceased or medically incapacitated, so they’re saying they can’t help us,” she said.
There is a petition asking Facebook to reconsider its policies and include missing persons whose dignity and rights could be protected when they’re unable to defend themselves.
“I think this fight goes beyond her story. I think it is a bigger fight for the over 15 thousand missing persons who are out there,” Thoma said.
You can sign the petition here.