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Teen tells of kidnap by Facebook 'boy'

2012-06-04 09:04

Durban - A 14-year-old girl has told of her ordeal after she was rescued from the home of a man who had kidnapped her after pretending to be a 17-year-old boy on Facebook.

The Sunday Tribune reported that Kaylene Lewis told reporters how she immediately thought something was wrong when she got into the car of 35-year-old Jean Lyle Oliver on 19 May.

“He told me he was 17 but he looked old. I was scared from then onwards,” she said.

Oliver kept Lewis at the house he shared with his mother and although he fed and clothed her well, Lewis was desperate to get away.

Lewis eventually managed to SMS a friend who relayed the message to the missing teen’s father, who by now had private investigators as well as police and security agencies looking for her.

Police were able to find Oliver’s address from the cellphone and swooped on the property, finding Lewis hiding amongst bushes.

Oliver was arrested and would soon face charges of abduction.

Lewis was reunited with her family and delighted to be home.  

Comments
  • Bryan - 2012-06-04 09:12

    I read the story in the Sunday Tribune and she wanted to run away with the guy.. Why did she get into his car?? Sorry, but something just doesn't add up on this story...

      VaMbozha - 2012-06-04 09:29

      they wanted to do a romeo and juliet but it didnt work

      Greg - 2012-06-04 09:48

      Apparently she wasn't very happy at home so needed some sort of escape and wanted to be respected and treated by somebody. Perhaps it started out well then things got bad. End of the day who knows.. she got kidnapped by a man twice her age.. anything could have happened. The story is probably way more complicated than that.

      mlungisi.botha - 2012-06-04 10:14

      Alicia: Agree but I'd slap on another six months to that one year's grounding. i do hope they do all the necessary tests, that is, hiv, pregnancy etc.

      mona.nomhle - 2012-06-04 10:16

      Yep i agree ths story jus dnt add up ,she agreed to go wt hm and nw she's jus scared to go back hm

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-04 10:27

      The kidnappers mother was there? Surely she should be arrested as an accomplice? Fishy fishy.

      kerry.tavares - 2012-06-04 11:33

      Totally agree, she sounds like a spoilt brat!

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-06-05 08:13

      Sounds a bit fishy. She is clearly a bit of a problem child.

      Christopher - 2012-06-05 11:46

      And she goes and hides behind two trees in the garden when the coppers come. Why? They actually had to find her? Very suspect...She did not know what she was getting herself into, and now is trying to backtrack. But then again i would also tell my daughters to hide away when the police come!

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-06-04 09:17

    Not today Mr. Pedobear!

  • Blackpoison - 2012-06-04 09:20

    There should be an 18 age restriction on all social networks verified by ID or credit card. Don't have either...sorry, you can't have a profile. Great the girl was found unharmed...others aren't so lucky.

      Mike - 2012-06-04 11:26

      In a way I do agree, but it is ultimately not the fault of FB and other social networks. These things happened before FB and Twtter and such. I think that kids should be better educated, cautioned and advised.

  • Ashlesha - 2012-06-04 09:24

    Will kids ever learn??? We read stories like this everyday. The problem starts that we parents read these articles, thank god its not our kids, close the story and forget about it. We should go home and tell our kids we read these articles and this is what happend. (with that i am not saying all parents do this) We try to protect our kids from these evil people and teh best way to do it is to teach our kids. Let them know of the type of people there are out there!!! Its scary. I am glad she is home safe though

  • sueelen.vdwalt - 2012-06-04 09:26

    When are these people gonna learn....... meeting people on FB and meeting up with them, having twitter nights with people you don’t know.......my greatness people we live in a sick world with sick people, why do you still meet up with people you don’t personally know.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-06-04 09:30

    This little sorry of a girl is lying through her teeth. Got into his car... why??? The guy was living with his mother, he fed and clothrd her... really??? A kidnapper living with his mother??? Sms a friend not her parents... why??? Kidnapped person allowed to have a cellphone... c'mon people this is getting so lame!!! 35 year old look older than 17... I bet my 10 year old daughter knows the difference between a boy and a man??? This is obvious. This girl was in trouble with her parents and now she is xcrying wolf. There are so many questions that's needs to be answered. Why didn't she say how many times did she had sex with him???

  • godesha - 2012-06-04 09:38

    In my opinion, she was not kidnapped at all, but went along willingly. These days 17 year old girls are too wise for their own good.

      Greg - 2012-06-04 09:46

      She's 14

      godesha - 2012-06-04 10:45

      My apologies, got the age wrong, but the same applies to many 14 year olds girls too.

  • Boitu.m - 2012-06-04 09:52

    this \story\ does not add up... 1st of all, i do not think a kidnapper would allow one to have access to a phone let alone take you to his mothers house. 2nd of all, if you are kidnapped i would assume you'd want to make contact with your parents so you can be found, etc etc... And THEN i would really love to know why on earth she got into a strangers car? Is she not aware of the number of young women that have been raped, murdered, kept as sex slaves, etc? Or was it simply a case of 'it will never happen to me'? In as much as she's lucky, im forced to question her motives.

  • jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-06-04 09:57

    I really dont think you can blame facebook for this girls blatent stupidity, sorry but it is what it is.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-04 09:59

    14yr old not only on FB but has her own blog type thing 'The Diary of Kaylene Lewis", sharing personal thoughts - perfect prey for a predator. Getting into a stranger's car is a display or total immaturity, naiivity and experience. Get off FB Missy!

      Leah - 2012-06-04 14:55

      She did. She got outa facebook and into his car

  • Thembi - 2012-06-04 10:01

    Stupid naughty girl!do you know what your parents goes thru?why do you wilingly climb into a strangers car?you are lucky to be alive foolish girl,next time concertrate on your studies and leave the facebook boys alone and listen to compaigns and the warnings concerning what you did,if you were my girl I was going to blicksem you.I don't spare the rod for naughty girls like you.

  • tricia.sutherland1 - 2012-06-04 10:07

    Obviously it is very easy for a 35yr old man to abduct a 14yr old girl in this way - but perhaps he had no intention of hurting her but after listening to all her sorry stories he thought he was saving her (his low intellect or stupidity), he forgot about the 'under age' law. In his mind he may think he was being a hero - but the girl has turned on him blaming him for lying and holding her against her will. I seriously think there is a lot more to this story.

  • Stef - 2012-06-04 10:14

    I see a lot of fingers pointed here at the social media: It is the duty of PARENTS to look after, and out for, their children. Not the school, not the church, not the public, not facebook: THE PARENTS!!!. If you can't, use a condom dammit!

  • Michael - 2012-06-04 10:19

    Soo gullible it's a joke..come one.

  • Olivia - 2012-06-04 10:19

    F$#&*n Stupid girl!!

  • Loo - 2012-06-04 10:31

    ALL of you that condemn this girl ... SHES ONLY 14 F8Fs .. get real . .its easy for an adult to brainwash and lure "14 year old Girls with some problems" of whatever kind to run away with them. The Paedophile should be hung by the nuts. And BTW , to all you that makes as if it was her mistake ,,, JUST pray that it never happens to your kid. Because YES ,, its possible to happen to ANYONE'S kid. It pees me off that people expect kids to be "immune" against predators in the name of "a good upbringing"

      Lesley - 2012-06-04 11:20

      As previously said - facebook and such should be for adults only - not a 14 year old child! ..... children are vulnerable and predators ARE out there just waiting to pounce! Parents should be very aware of what their children are watching, who they are talking to, where they are, who their friends are etc.

      vivian.harris.73 - 2012-06-04 23:01

      I'm sorry.....what she doing on FB and meeting up with 'boys' at her age? And where were the partents? At 14 I'm sure she could see the differnce between a boy and a man so why get in the car? She had a phone so why not contact her parents or the police?!

  • Marco - 2012-06-04 10:50

    I myself am a 17 year old boy who pretends to be a middle aged man. how sick is that???

      Marco - 2012-06-04 10:53

      i look forward to the day when shes 35 and some teenager says "but you're an old woman" ho ho ho

      Marco - 2012-06-04 10:54

      of course then i'll be ...umm....38?

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-04 11:28

    Lier, lier pants on fire!!! People do yourselves a favour and read this girls facebook pages. 'Diary of Kaylene Lewis' if this girl was taken against her will(kidnapped), than I'm Mother Theresa.

  • Adair - 2012-06-04 13:07

    Definitely a lot more to this story.If it were my 14 year old she wouldn't get her cellphone or computer back until she was 18.

      Matthew - 2012-06-04 14:00

      No facebook till mine are 18 no cellphones till 16 and sure as hell no blackberries (bbm kills the mind) and even still,kept with me and my misses unless they're going out. social networking is killing the minds of our youth today.

  • Matthew - 2012-06-04 13:53

    sorry,but why did she get into the car? no common sense i mean really,in this country where so much crime and nonsense goes on and we're being told,that she willingly got into the car?! serves her and her parents right.her for being so stupid as to get in.and her parents for not raising her to be aware and sensible as to strangers. Or,perhaps this was all a plea for attention from the parents.either way we will see what the court thinks of this

  • kirsten.bester9 - 2012-06-04 14:46

    Not sure if packing a bag, arranging to be fetched and getting into someones car willingly can be considered kidnap. And why would an “old looking” 17 year old be driving a car anyway?\r\n\r\nWhatever expenses were incurred by the police/investigators in the form of wasted manhours should be recouped by this girl doing thousands of hours of community service - however many years it takes to realise the implications of her selfish actions! \r\n\r\nHopefully her cellphone and computer have been taken away and facebook account suspended, before she can blog any further contradictions of her story and aquire a cult following of fellow bored kids looking for some attention and trivializing the trauma and severity of real kidnappings that don't end in an sms's to friends but rape, injury and even death!

  • Carla - 2012-06-04 15:32

    Having looked at this young girl's diary, it seems that she wanted to run away from home. If she saw that this guy was much older than 17, surely she shouldn't have gotten into the car? At 14, I think she is also old enough to know that she shouldn't be meeting up with complete strangers. I'm glad for the parents. I can only imagine how terrifying this must have been for them.

  • louise.minnie - 2012-06-04 18:11

    she is a naughty girl who is a liar and a con looking for attention. she needs a psychiatrist.

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