Internet troll posts ‘message’ from Dylan

PUBLISHED: 17:00 25 August 2012




A DEVASTATED mother has said she has been ‘destroyed’ after discovering an internet troll posted messages on a social networking site, pretending to be her son.

Rachel McCollum said she has been left distraught after her four-year-old boy, Dylan Cecil, went missing in the sea off Burnham on Sunday evening and this incident has ‘destroyed her even more.’

The Facebook page which contained the comments has now been removed but on Tuesday someone had set up a page in Dylan’s name and posted comments ‘telling’ his mother and father he loved them.

Rachel was with her son when the incident happened, along with her partner Darren Cecil and two daughters Faith and Alice, during a visit from Kettering.

The family was playing together on the jetty when Dylan slipped and was caught in the strong currents. His parents tried to save him by jumping in after him but after 20 minutes the couple were pulled out and an emergency search was conducted, which lasted throughout the night and into the next day.

On Monday evening, the teams were called back and the Coastguard made a final search on Tuesday afternoon, but Dylan has not been found.

Dylan’s body was then found on Thursday afternoon by the boat yard in Burnham.

The Facebook page had two posts, which said: “This is a memory page of Dylan that sadly lost his life, let’s show the family we’re thinking of them and sending our love.”

The second post from the imposter said: “To my mum, my daddy and sisters and seaside grandparents, I love you all. I am in heaven waiting on you all. I’ll be looking down on you. Sent from the rainbow and flowers and sunshine in heaven.”

After discovering the posts, Rachel wrote on her Facebook page: “How low can people be, I tried saving my son and a page was set up which spoke like they were him. I’m distraught; he is still missing at sea I haven’t slept at all. To find someone pretending to be my son has destroyed me even more.”

The sea wall which looks out on to the spot where Dylan vanished under the waves has not been piled with flowers, soft toys and lined in candles to pay tribute to the little boy.

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