When backpacker Nicole Vienneau set out last year to travel from West Africa to Turkey by way of the Middle East, her family at home in Toronto was confident her 15 years' experience traveling to far-flung places would stand her in good stead.
But when Nicole, 32, failed to make her usual fortnightly phone call home in April, her brother Matthew's LiveJournal posts began to strike a grave note. Frantic and thousands of miles away, Matthew Vienneau typed out a desperate plea for help from readers in the region of Syria where she was last seen.
FindMadeleine.com has proved similarly instrumental in the controversial case of four-year-old Madeleine McCann, the British toddler who disappeared in Portugal in May while on vacation with her parents. The girl's father regularly updates a diary on the site to keep his daughter's plight in the public eye -- and to keep the public in the loop.
NVDL: What's scary is this okes sister was never found, despite all the behind the scenes work. Proves the point that the most dangerous predatory by far, is another human being.