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Model mayhem website linked to disappearances, rape and human trafficking

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Young women and men, either struggling to pay bills or trying to launch careers, are turning to social media sites.

ModelMayhem.com is not new. In fact, it has more then 760,000 active users. Hundreds of those are in Jefferson City, Columbia and across Mid-Missouri.

However, the website that promises to connect aspiring models with the people who can help rocket them to fame is now being investigated for its role in the disappearance, rape and trafficking of more than a dozen women across the country.

The site is not on the radar of most investigators and it’s certainly not the only website being accused of fostering phony and dangerous relationships.

Model Mayhem and a Missing Woman

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Over the past several months, I have heard that several women, who are now currently missing, had joined the website Model Mayhem, and now the police are aware of it, too.

The police investigating the disappearance of Christiana Fesmire, 22, who has been missing since July 1 from Maine, began searching a home in Lewiston on Friday for information on her disappearance.

“Investigators have been looking at a modeling website for leads in the case,” Lt. Mark Cornelio said.

Christiana Fesmire has a profile page on the website, Model Mayhem, where she posted photos of herself. She also wanted to make contact with photographers and other people in the modeling business

model mayhem site linked in disappearance of two teens

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A national women’s group says they’ve found a disturbing link between the disappearance of at least two young women in Colorado: the modeling networking website site Model Mayhem.

The National Women’s Coalition Against Violence and Exploitation says Kara Nichols and Raven Furlong both had profiles on the social media site for models before they vanished.

“We’re not saying that Model Mayhem is to blame,” the non-profit’s president, Michelle Bart, told the Daily News. “But it’s a common denominator. They were posing in activity online on a website that most people don’t frequent.”

Furlong, 17, of Aurora, Colo. disappeared on Feb. 5. Her family discovered her profile on Model Mayhem shortly after she went missing and found concerning correspondence between the aspiring model and photographers.