Facebook is becoming an increasingly popular means of meeting someone new. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing; good because it connects you to people who you otherwise not have had a chance of meeting and bad because it harbors the possibility that you might meet someone who can destroy you.
Nona Belomesoff, an 18-year old teenager from Cecil Hill, was found dead in Waminda Reserve, Campbelltown. She told her family that she would be meeting with two men she befriended in Facebook, and since then she never returned home. The worst was confirmed when her body was found in a bushland near the Warminda Oval.
The murderer turned out to be Christopher James Dannevig, a 21-year old from Leumeah. Dannevig set up a fake identity on Facebook and lured Belomesoff into a meeting with the promise of a potential job in animal welfare, something that Nona would have greatly enjoyed doing. Under the moniker of Jason Green, he befriended Nona, which ultimately led to the meet up.
Dannevig listed Jason Green’s job as “looking after and careing [caring] for injured and sick animals” and even listed his employer as Discovery Channel. Then, two days before the meet up, he posted “still need 2 workers for them in the bush today watch out 4 f***ing red bellys.” It was quite an elaborate scheme to lure her into an isolated area, especially since Dannevig capitalized on Nona’s love for animals.
Investigation ultimately led to Dannevig, and police believe that the ‘second guy’ in the meet up is nonexistent. Dannevig pleaded guilty to the charges levied against him and has now been refused bail.
Police have meanwhile urged teenagers to remove their personal information from Facebook and to be wary of communicating with strangers online.