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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke September 10, 2021

No, TikTok didn’t solve this Arkansas missing-person case

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  • Police investigated tips that a TikTok video showed a woman who went missing in Arkansas when she was 15, but the FBI talked to that woman and confirmed she is someone else. 

About eight months ago, what seemed like a potential break in a missing-person case started to spread on social media. People were claiming that a TikTok video showed Cassie Compton, who went missing in 2014 when she was 15 years old

The police chief in Stuttgart, Ark., said in January that investigators had received dozens of calls about the video and were working on it. The Arkansas State Police were also involved, he said. 

But the next day, local news media reported that the woman in the video was not Compton. The FBI had interviewed the woman and confirmed her identity as someone else. 

Still, some old social media posts about supposed discovery are again getting attention online. One post that has been shared more than 51,000 times says "TikTok just found a girl that’s been missing for 6 years.   

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It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

Compton has not been found. The anniversary of her disappearance is in a few days: She was last heard from on Sept. 14, 2014, the Stuttgart Daily Leader reported.

We rate this post False. 


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