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[liberationtech] **Help needed** Jacob Boehm is missing in Malaysia-- we need your help

Jayapragas Gnaniah gjayapragas at
Sat Aug 20 13:13:19 PDT 2011

Hi there. Thanks for your email. Following is an email exercpt from Jacob's
mother who replied my email.
Nancy Luberoff nluberoff at
Sent at 11:32 AM (GMT-04:00). Current time there: 4:04 AM. ✆
Jayapragas Gnaniah <gjayapragas at>

Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:32 AM
 Jacob phoned this morning from Taman Negara National Park using the park's
2-way radio and said he was safe, that "it was a long story” and that he
would call us when he gets out of the park in a few days. We are beyond
relieved and happy that he is safe.

It is obvious that without the search, he would have gone nearly 10 days
without communication with the outside world. Given that Jacob found a way
to contact us every 1-2 days during this entire 3-month trip in Southeast
Asia, it was very uncharacteristic of him to not contact us for 6 days.
Clearly it was the power of social media that helped us find him. Through
Facebook we found a Malaysian student at Stanford whose dad works in the
Prime Minister's office. It appears that his connection coupled with the
hard work of the US Consulate surfaced Jacob so quickly.
We do not regret e-mailing 12 of Jacob's friends just 24 hours ago to ask
for help. We just never imagined that over 4,000 people would care enough to
We are forever grateful for your help. Few of us ever get to experience this
kind of outpouring of love and support in our lives.

On Sat, Aug 20, 2011 at 11:51 AM, Yosem Companys <companys at>wrote:

> I forgot to include the contact email addresses:
> jacobboehm at
> His mother nluberoff at
>  [liberationtech] **Help needed** Jacob Boehm is missing in Malaysia--
> we need your help
> Please spread the word however you can.
> It would be awesome if you guys could post this as your status: Do you
> know anyone in Malaysia? Jacob Boehm, a friend from Stanford, is
> missing there. His parents have filed a missing person case at the
> embassy. If you know anything at all about it or know anyone in
> Malaysia who could keep an eye out for him, let me know. His parents
> are trying to get the word out via social networking, so repost as you
> see fit. We have a picture we can forward to anyone who might be
> there.
> And post the attached photo on facebook. His parents want to try to
> contact people in Malaysia who might have seen him
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> From his parents:
> Dear friends of Jacob,
> None of us have heard from Jacob in 6 days.  He had been contacting us
> by phone or email nearly every day since June.  His g-mail account has
> not been accessed during this time.
> We are working with the US and German Embassies in Malaysia, and have
> escalated the case to a missing persons case.
> We need your help.
> Can social media be used to alert people who are traveling in Malaysia
> and may have seen Jacob or could be on the look out for him?
> Do you have other ideas on how we might continue our search?
> I've attached a photo that could be posted or circulated.
> With a painful heart,
> Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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