Terence Darrell Kelly reportedly used photos of people he didn’t know to create some fake Facebook profiles that would then interact with his main accounts, it turned out
A mother and daughter whose photos were used by a man accused of kidnapping a four-year-old girl to start a fake Facebook family are appalled.
Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, is said to have kidnapped little Cleo Smith in the early hours of October 16 at a campsite where she was on vacation with her family.
The girl’s disappearance sparked a major search operation in Australia until officials found her alive and well on Wednesday this week – 18 days after her disappearance.
On Friday, the state Justice Department announced that suspect Kelly had been flown to a maximum security prison in Perth.
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Since his arrest for the alleged kidnapping, a number of fake Facebook accounts have emerged that the Bratz doll collector is believed to interact with his main accounts – Bratz DeLuca and Terence TezKelz.
With one of the accounts, he pretended to be a teenager and a mother, it was reported.
A Sydney woman said she was horrified to discover that Kelly was using her and her daughter’s pictures to create his fake virtual family.
She said she had no connection with Kelly when she said, “Of the millions and millions of people, I want to ask why me? What did I do or what did my daughter do? happen?”
The mother added, “My daughter didn’t do anything wrong and I didn’t do anything wrong, but now it looks like we’re friends with this guy.”
Yesterday it emerged that the day Cleo was kidnapped, Kelly allegedly posted a cryptic message and that his Facebook profile was following the child’s mother.
It is alleged that Kelly posted a strange post on Facebook at 5:00 am on October 16, in which she said, “I cannot accept friend requests from strangers …. I have a private life and respect those on my friends list stand to their privacy is also respected.
“We adults also have to be careful online.”
The post stated that the person would not be “friends” with anyone just because they had a friend or family member in common.
Cleo was missing from her family’s tent at the remote Blowholes Shacks campsite in Macleod, Western Australia.
The police conducted an extensive search on land and in the air, erected roadblocks and combed through CCTV footage.
Officials found her after breaking into a locked house in Carnarvon, a town about 100 km south of the campsite on the far northwest coast of the state.
Footage released by Western Australia Police shows the moment the little girl was found when an officer took her to safety.
Another officer then spoke to the child, who looked calm and nodded her head.
The first words of the missing four-year-old when she was miraculously found “alive and well” by the police were: “My name is Cleo”.
In a statement released after Cleo was found, her parents Ellie Smith and Jake Gliddon said, “We are so grateful that our little girl is back in our arms and our family is whole again.”
The suspect is due to appear in court on December 6th.