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(Pantagraph)   Body found in fridge is that of missing boy; positive I.D. made after seeing his face on a milk carton   (pantagraph.com) divider line 44
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2013-08-16 09:42:10 AM  
The fridge must not have been lead-lined.
 
2013-08-16 09:44:42 AM  
Does nobody watch Punky Brewster anymore?! Kids these days are so ignorant of the classics.
 
2013-08-16 09:51:41 AM  
This is why it's the law in most areas to remove the door when discarding a fridge.  Not that anyone actually DOES that when they illegally dump or leave it on the lawn, but you're supposed to.  Also, the minute he went missing, did it not occur to anyone to check for just this sort of thing in the area?
 
2013-08-16 09:55:51 AM  

nekom: Also, the minute he went missing, did it not occur to anyone to check for just this sort of thing in the area?


Just last night (completely unaware of this story) I had a thought that if my five-year old ever goes missing, I'd let the cops do their "Let's see if she's been kidnapped" thing, but I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.
 
2013-08-16 10:06:42 AM  

Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.


If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.
 
2013-08-16 10:19:31 AM  

nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.


Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.
 
2013-08-16 10:33:13 AM  
Was it a cold case?
 
2013-08-16 10:47:31 AM  
I would be more scared of the new side loading washer and dryers. I was at a laundromat one day with my kids (years ago) and just hearing the lock on the side load washer and watching my kids run around made my mind wander to what would I do if one happened to crawl inside and it locked on them. That's the shiat nightmares are made of.
 
2013-08-16 10:48:45 AM  

Tom_Slick: nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.

Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.


Have you ever seen a fridge with a latch? I haven't seen a household fridge with one in 30 years.
 
2013-08-16 10:49:36 AM  

Do the needful: I would be more scared of the new side loading washer and dryers. I was at a laundromat one day with my kids (years ago) and just hearing the lock on the side load washer and watching my kids run around made my mind wander to what would I do if one happened to crawl inside and it locked on them. That's the shiat nightmares are made of.


Not having enough quarters to turn the machine on. That's the shiat nightmares are made of.
 
2013-08-16 10:51:58 AM  
Used to happen all the time when I was a kid.
 
2013-08-16 10:52:38 AM  

Do the needful: I would be more scared of the new side loading washer and dryers. I was at a laundromat one day with my kids (years ago) and just hearing the lock on the side load washer and watching my kids run around made my mind wander to what would I do if one happened to crawl inside and it locked on them. That's the shiat nightmares are made of.


The important thing in that situation is to toss the anti-static sheet in FIRST.

I cannot stress this enough.
 
2013-08-16 10:54:38 AM  

Do the needful: I would be more scared of the new side loading washer and dryers. I was at a laundromat one day with my kids (years ago) and just hearing the lock on the side load washer and watching my kids run around made my mind wander to what would I do if one happened to crawl inside and it locked on them. That's the shiat nightmares are made of.


http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=F2lZTOONrWc
 
2013-08-16 10:55:26 AM  
Unfortunately the door removal laws are not regularly enforced now.

Laws were put in place beacus early to mid 20th century refrigorators and handles that would lock the refigorator closed from the outside making it impossible from opening from the inside.

After GE came up with door seals using magnets people are less concerned however a very young or developmentally challenged child that doesn't understand the risk of suffocation can still die because they simply don't try to leave the refrigorator, they fall asleep and die.

They should kick whoever left it out that way straight in the balls.

My question is how do you let an 8 your old autistic child out of your sight long enough to go find a frig and hide himself in it.
 
2013-08-16 10:55:51 AM  

ghare: Tom_Slick: nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.

Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.

Have you ever seen a fridge with a latch? I haven't seen a household fridge with one in 30 years.


There are plenty still out there.  I see them listed all the time on Craigslist and most of them are still running.  Major appliances used to be built to last a lifetime.
 
2013-08-16 10:56:19 AM  
ghare:
Have you ever seen a fridge with a latch? I haven't seen a household fridge with one in 30 years.

Not in a modern house, but do you think all of the ones from those days made it safely to a proper landfill or recycling center?  I could show you places around here where inexplicably in the middle of the woods is a station wagon from the 1950s.  The town itself is free of anything made of metal due to the scrap runners, but in the woods I wouldn't be surprised to find a 40 year old fridge.  I'd be surprised NOT to, actually.
 
2013-08-16 10:58:44 AM  
Every fridge made in the last 30 years has no lock, no latch.    The reason of course is because kids were frickin dying in the things every week.  This is either a very old fridge, or he was dead when he was put in there.
 
2013-08-16 11:02:04 AM  

Stryyder: Unfortunately the door removal laws are not regularly enforced now.

Laws were put in place beacus early to mid 20th century refrigorators and handles that would lock the refigorator closed from the outside making it impossible from opening from the inside.

After GE came up with door seals using magnets people are less concerned however a very young or developmentally challenged child that doesn't understand the risk of suffocation can still die because they simply don't try to leave the refrigorator, they fall asleep and die.

They should kick whoever left it out that way straight in the balls.

My question is how do you let an 8 your old autistic child out of your sight long enough to go find a frig and hide himself in it.


The snake was busy with some other boys.
 
2013-08-16 11:02:36 AM  
Oh, I always thought that the reason why milk cartons had pictures of kids was to collect them all and keep them in the fridge?
 
2013-08-16 11:03:33 AM  

vudukungfu: Used to happen all the time when I was a kid.


I wonder how many pedos got away with it by making it look like an accident.
 
2013-08-16 11:04:31 AM  

vudukungfu: Used to happen all the time when I was a kid.


Fridges and lawns darts thinned out the herd back in the day.
 
2013-08-16 11:07:07 AM  

Tom_Slick: Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.


I'm curious, how did information like this get spread from town to town in your day? Telegraph? Horseback courier? Fax?
 
2013-08-16 11:08:24 AM  
Sad story, but I thought that was a clever headline.
 
2013-08-16 11:14:03 AM  
He won hide and seek!
 
2013-08-16 11:14:41 AM  
You're going to Hell subby, good headline.
 
2013-08-16 11:28:29 AM  

nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.


Around here, the first thing they do when a person goes missing is call the Fire Department, oftentimes even before law enforcement gets to the scene. We can usually have over 100 people mobilized and searching in less than half an hour. I've been a part of 4 large-scale search-and-rescue ops in the last few years (only one was a child, and we found him safe and sound in a corn field, thankfully). Unless there is some overwhelming proof of a kidnapping (someone saw the kid get snatched), we assume they've wandered off and start from there. If it turns out that the kid WAS kidnapped and we searched for nothing, well, that's life. Better safe than sorry. When we had that missing child last year, within the first hour we had over 400 volunteers, 50 ATV's, a dozen people on horseback, 2 airplanes in the air, and dogs on the way, and I live in the middle of bumfark nowhere. It took us 18 hours and we searched straight through the night, but we got the little bugger. And if it happens in town, yes, those are the first things you check.
 
2013-08-16 11:33:23 AM  
I'm guessing that he never saw that episode of Punky Brewster.....speaking of, damn her for getting the reduction.
 
2013-08-16 11:33:37 AM  

MBZ321: Do the needful: I would be more scared of the new side loading washer and dryers. I was at a laundromat one day with my kids (years ago) and just hearing the lock on the side load washer and watching my kids run around made my mind wander to what would I do if one happened to crawl inside and it locked on them. That's the shiat nightmares are made of.

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=F2lZTOONrWc


What? No fabric softener?
 
2013-08-16 11:36:07 AM  
Was it this fridge, because then i can understand how it happened.
encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-08-16 11:52:32 AM  
Someone found a potato in the fridge.
 
2013-08-16 11:53:52 AM  

fzumrk: There are plenty still out there.  I see them listed all the time on Craigslist and most of them are still running.  Major appliances used to be built to last a lifetime.


In this particular case it ended a lifetime.
 
2013-08-16 12:00:04 PM  

ghare: Tom_Slick: nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.

Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.

Have you ever seen a fridge with a latch? I haven't seen a household fridge with one in 30 years.


My brother had an old 50's fridge with the latch in his garage. It was missing it handle, so you had to insert a seven inch bolt into a hole and get it to press the latch inside the door.  It was impossible to open if you didn't know the trick, that's why he keep his beer in it.

/I knew the trick.
 
2013-08-16 12:18:21 PM  

orclover: Every fridge made in the last 30 years has no lock, no latch.    The reason of course is because kids were frickin dying in the things every week.  This is either a very old fridge, or he was dead when he was put in there.


I thought all the latchy fridges were in the garage full of beer?
 
2013-08-16 12:26:10 PM  

nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.


Because the overwhelming majority of missing people reported to police turn up within a couple of hours, completely safe, often unaware that anybody was even looking for them, not having been taken or lost at all. Most turn up unharmed, even if they were technically "taken", after just a few hours. Roughly 1 in 10,000 children who is genuinely missing is not ultimately found alive.

If the police turned out to search immediately every time somebody was reported missing, the resources necessary would be enormous. The recorded rate is about one every 30 seconds, and that's not even counting the ones where the police tell you to call back when the person has been missing for some hours or as missed some specific appointment and don't record it as a missing persons case.

On the other hand, the upside would be a new game for kids called "hide in the shed and watch the fun when the full-court press police search turns out to look for you". It would be almost as much as SWATting.
 
2013-08-16 12:41:28 PM  

ghare: Tom_Slick: nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.

Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.

Have you ever seen a fridge with a latch? I haven't seen a household fridge with one in 30 years.


we had one in my office building until last year. Not sure why it was replaced. (Wasn't compressor failure, it never is.) And even an un-latched fridge can be dangerous if the kid's kinda stupid.
 
2013-08-16 12:41:51 PM  

Do the needful: fzumrk: There are plenty still out there.  I see them listed all the time on Craigslist and most of them are still running.  Major appliances used to be built to last a lifetime.

In this particular case it ended a lifetime.


I guess the lesson her is give a kid a drink from the fridge he's cool for a while, put a kid in the fridge and he's cool for the rest of his life.

/It's sad this happens anymore, It's hard to believe there are latched fridges still running or haven't had the doors taken off.  I guess I have seen makeshift latches either because doors wouldn't stay sealed or because people were taking things out of the fridge.
 
2013-08-16 12:47:08 PM  

czetie: nekom: On the other hand, the upside would be a new game for kids called "hide in the shed and watch the fun when the full-court press police search turns out to look for you". It would be almost as much as SWATting.


Just remember to throw the other walky-talky down the well before hiding in the shed.
 
2013-08-16 12:49:04 PM  

WilliamLeeTwitch: Someone found a potato in the fridge.


Bwahahahahaha, I LOL'ed.

/yea yea, gettin' warm in here
 
2013-08-16 12:50:18 PM  

TheGogmagog: /It's sad this happens anymore, It's hard to believe there are latched fridges still running

[snip]

A well-made fridge will run damned near forever. The compressor is inside a sealed system and is not subject to contamination (unless you puncture a coil).
 
2013-08-16 03:02:23 PM  
Did he eat his own foot?

/can't believe I'm the first
//coudn't find the jpg
 
2013-08-16 03:28:45 PM  

ghare: Tom_Slick: nekom: Gecko Gingrich: I'd get all my friends and neighbors together and we'd focus solely on every steamer trunk, fridge/freezer, and car trunk within a five mile radius.

If this occurs to you and me, why would it not be among the first thoughts of police who are trained to find missing persons?  If a kid in town here ever goes missing, that's one of the first things I'd check, then off to scour the woods.

Because the 70s and 80s fridge scare was over 30 years ago well before the time most of current crop of cops were born.

Have you ever seen a fridge with a latch? I haven't seen a household fridge with one in 30 years.


Yeah, I was wondering that too. As a kid our fridge had no latch at all and I couldn't understand how you couldn't just open it again.

A chest freezer, OK. It opens upwards and the lid might be too heavy for a little person.

I also thought that you had to drill holes in these things when you dumped them in your neighbors yard, just in case.
 
2013-08-16 03:31:14 PM  

Priapetic: Did he eat his own foot?

/can't believe I'm the first
//coudn't find the jpg


I have that on a slide I use regularly for work. It's a collage of relevant newspaper headlines, plus that one tucked away in one corner. So far, nobody has called me on it.
 
2013-08-16 03:44:59 PM  
It really bothers me they basically title the kid as autistic.  Even if it's worth mentioning, do they need to do it like that instead of adding it in as a detail?
 
2013-08-16 04:30:38 PM  

czetie: Because the overwhelming majority of missing people reported to police turn up within a couple of hours, completely safe, often unaware that anybody was even looking for them, not having been taken or lost at all. Most turn up unharmed, even if they were technically "taken", after just a few hours. Roughly 1 in 10,000 children who is genuinely missing is not ultimately found alive.


CSB: When I was 13, my mom called the cops because she thought I was missing. I just happened to walk in on her and the cops, and she freaked out asking where I'd been. I'd been in my room taking a nap the whole time.
 
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