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Family Accuses Idaho Sheriff of Cyberbullying

June 27, 2013  | 

Screenshot via KLEW.
Screenshot via KLEW.
The sister of a wanted fugitive claims the Latah County (Idaho) Sheriff's Office bullied him online, which played role in his decision to commit suicide on Sunday.

The death of Andrew Cain, 19, came a day after the sheriff's office posted a message on Facebook that read, "We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week... he is the Wanted Person of the Month of June. Congratulations!"

Sheriff Wayne Rausch told KTVB the post was not appropriate and added that it has never been his policy to include editorializing in media releases.

The message was reportedly posted by Sgt. Doug Andersen, who also reportedly send several messages to Cain via Facebook. Cain's sister, Alise Smith, told KLEW that Sgt. Andersen "needs to apologize to my family personally."

Tags: Facebook, Fugitives From Justice, Social Media, Latah County (Idaho) Sheriff, Officer Conduct


Comments (3)

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Bob@Az. @ 6/27/2013 6:18 PM

Sure not a lot of info here guys. What was he wanted for? Didn't he appreciate making the upgrade from "Wanted Person of the Week"? Maybe if he would have turned himself in, or maybe NOT committed the crime, he would be home all comfy and warm. Sorry, I think the apology should be from his family to the community for raising such a great kid. Blues, Stay Safe.

JimB. @ 6/28/2013 5:51 AM

If this is what constitutes "bullying", cyber or otherwise, we are in a sad state of affairs.

My sympathies go out to the family for their loss but this is not bullying.

Nichole @ 7/1/2013 4:12 AM

I'm sorry... the words "wanted fugitive" as a descriptor for this kid do not warrant any sympathy from me.

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