Later that week, in a video that has now been watched tens of thousands of times, Jada Brook fanned the flames. She said that she had talked with a family member of Dylan, and he “stands on our side and agrees that something is wrong here.” “I saw him being kicked down the stairs… which actually confirmed it to me,” she told the audience, without providing any evidence. She said she had seen a shallow grave between two trees, 5 or 6 feet apart, on a property with a red and white truck. This led a Truro resident named Dawn to a field with a parked red and white horse trailer. Inspired, a group of residents broke into the trailer. They found a pile of dry hay, and Brook suspected that it had no mold. Brooke triumphantly pointed out that the trailer parked in front of a big tree, proving her eyesight was accurate. “If I stay quiet in the group for a while, please remember that I have six children and I go to school with four. I am a very devoted mother. My children will not disappear. Do you know what I mean?”
The abuse goes beyond the accusation of raising children for the couple. Jason received a fraudulent ransom note from an online troll; it included a tampered photo of Dylan’s face with a bruise on his right eye and a deep cut on his lips. “You must transfer 3 bitcoins within 72 hours,” the message read. The sender is a Facebook account named Brad, and he told Jason that once the transfer is complete, he will release his son, and if he doesn’t do this, he will never see him again. “You have 3 days to save Dylan’s life,” he wrote.
Six days later, with no new evidence—no footprints, fragments, or credible witness evidence—the police cancelled the search. There is nothing but rain boots. But Jason did not stop. He walked on the river bed day after day, attracting dozens of local people to help. The GoFundMe page will raise approximately $12,500 for the family. Ashley and Jason provided it as a reward for any information.
Jason handed out the lapel pin, a blue ribbon and a green ribbon intertwined. He presented a key chain with his son’s face. He ordered Dylan’s bumper sticker to look up, scanning the sky with mismatched eyes. “Do you want some stolen goods?” He asked me sadly as we met for the first time. He handed me a green and blue bracelet and a sticker. Maybe, he said, if I put it in my car home, two provinces, people there would see it and call witnesses.
In Canada, if one of their children disappears or dies in a possible crime, the parents will receive a benefit. As the local police did not classify the incident as a crime, Ashley and Jason were not eligible. “No one will give you a booklet on how to become a mother of a missing child,” Ashley said. By October, as the province’s blockade was lifted and the dealer was fully open again, she resumed work.
For months, Facebook The team members checked the small amount of evidence in the case and gnashing at some details, such as hardened gum bolts. This is a dazzling dystopian fun house full of rumors and speculations. The theory prevails: For many people, the grandmother’s story goes untracked. Others thought she was covering for her daughter. The family’s fundraising on the GoFundMe page meant they got rid of Dylan because they needed money-to buy alcohol or drugs, or both. At one point, the number of these groups exceeded 23,000, the same as the total population of Truro.
By the end of September 2020, the harassment and threats had become so severe that a team member began to study the province’s laws governing cyberbullying and even contacted a local lawyer named Alison Harris. Harris knew about the missing boy — Dylan’s story kept appearing in the news for several weeks after his disappearance — but she was shocked when she learned of the abuse that occurred in the online detective community. Just one and a half years after graduating from law school, Harris exuded a completely calm expression. The sentences she speaks are very concise and strict, and even when there is a perfectly centered gap between her front teeth, her smile seems very precise. Harris is one of only two lawyers in the province to defend online personal injury cases in court. She told the group members to get Ashley and Jason to get in touch, and after listening to their stories, she provided her services for free.
Together, the three of them began to record thousands of abused screenshots, hundreds of terrible messages, and dozens of death threats. They wrote to the administrators of two Facebook groups and asked them to close. At first, both of them refused, although some people changed their minds after becoming the target of harassment activities within their own organization. “This case surprised me,” Harris said. “Instead of realizing that they are causing harm and harm, they seem to feel that they have the right to own these groups.” (However, these groups are like Hydra: When a group closes, Ashley and Jason’s most outspoken critics just say Untraceable names like “Holiday Precious” started others.)
The administrators of the second group are local Truro residents: a couple named April Moulton and Tom Hurley, they live in Dylan’s backyard was not far on the road. Morton, with dyed red hair and Cheshire cat eyes, is convinced that she is doing important work. Her sturdy hands wear silver rings on almost every finger. She examines the details of the case and analyzes the fiction from the rumors. , Hurley dragged back behind her. Before Dylan’s story made headlines, they didn’t know Jason or Ashley, but they became the two most outspoken supporters who demanded justice for the boy. They know what it feels like to lose a child like anyone else.