Is this the future of catfishing?

This article titled “Missing boy existed only on Facebook” was written by Kim Willsher in Paris, for theguardian.com on Thursday 17th April 2014 10.26 UTC

Police searching for two-year-old Chayson Basinio knew it was a race against time to find the missing child, who had reportedly disappeared from a supermarket car park.

The local judge opened an inquiry for kidnapping and sequestration and police divers dredged a lake, fearing the child may have drowned.

As the days passed without any leads or clues, detectives at Moulins in the Auvergne prepared to warn relatives who had alerted them that they could find no trace of the boy.

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