Charlie Carver’s Facebook page looks typical of any 30-something American man. It’s cluttered with memes, shows he recently got married, and announces that he and his partner Kala Brown are expecting a baby.
But not all is as it seems.
Despite appearing to stretch back to July, these posts were all made retroactively on October 1 – more than a month after the couple vanished without a trace.
Carver, 32, was seen on CCTV leaving work on August 31, the same day Brown, 30, last made contact with friends, according to The Daily Beast.
Their South Carolina home was found unlocked, medications were left behind, as were Kala’s glasses and contact lenses. Her cherished little Pomeranian also remained in their apartment, left to fend for itself without food or water.
All that was missing was Carver’s Pontiac Grand Prix.
“This is a mother’s nightmare. It was not a planned trip,” Carver’s mother Joanne Shiflet said, according to news.com.au.
“Their little dog was left there. Personal items that you would have taken with you on a trip were left there. To me, that just doesn’t say: ‘I’m leaving for a month’.”
The couple had been dating for several months following Carver’s split from his wife, but had only recently moved in together.
When the posts started appearing on Carver’s Facebook page there was a brief glimmer of hope for the missing pair’s families. But it soon became apparent something was off.
Along with the false retroactive posts about marriage, pregnancy and buying a home, came a flurry of strange memes, including one particularly sinister one which reads: “Sometimes late at night I dig a hole in the backyard to keep the nosy neighbor’s guessing [sic].”