The story is told by the young man’s mother on her social media and then taken by some Croatian media, such as Večernji list. The mother bluntly accuses the police of sharing the fake news by their actions. Her Facebook post gives the timeline of events: the man was placed on the National Missing Persons Registry on the 7th of February after someone reported him missing (it is, it seems, still unclear who made the report itself). The mother claims that not even the most basic background check was performed before that step, because a phone call or a brief visit to the family’s residence would’ve confirmed that the man was not, in fact, missing, and then the police would be able to go on investigating who and why made the prank-call to report him missing.
NAŠA POLICIJA ŠIRI FAKE NEWS Moj sin Grgo Ključarić je živ i zdrav, stanuje samnom na adresi koja mu piše na osobnoj…
Posted by Jelena Jindra on Thursday, February 11, 2021
What they’ve decided to do is place the man’s photo and a lot of his personal information in the registry (and on the registry’s publicly available website www.nestali.hr), where it was accessed by some media and his reported missing status was reported there. After seeing his photo and info in the media, the young man had to go to the police station (luckily, the family lives quite close to one!) to prove to the friendly officers that he was, in fact, very much accounted for. They have since removed him and his personal information from the website.
The police have confirmed that the event has happened, adding that anyone can report that someone else is missing if they’re worried something might be afoul. They go on to further explain the criteria for someone to be put in the missing persons registry, however without a word of explanation why the most basic police work was not performed before acting on (presumably) a single phone call.
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