After an outpour of responses, a woman who threatened her own suicide to actress Demi Moore over Twitter was located and taken into custody, police said Friday.
San Jose Police Dept. Public Information Officer Jermaine Thomas told ABC News that they found the woman (known on Twitter as Sandie Guy) unharmed and took her into custody for evaluation. He added that the burgeoning social networking web sitewould likely be a useful tool for authorities regarding future investigations.
The Northern California woman posted a sequence of Twitter messages at about 3 a.m. PST.
One directed to Moore said: “getting a knife, a big one that is sharp. Going to cut my arm down the whole arm so it doesn’t waste time,” followed by a message that read, “I’m just wondering if anyone cares that I’m gonna kill myself now.”
Moore responded: “Hope you are joking,” then saying “Everyone I was very torn about responding or retweeting that woman’s post but felt uncomfortable just letting it go.”
When others following the page — the actress has over 380,000 followers — told her that they had alerted the authorities, Moore replied, “Thanks everyone for reaching out to the San Jose PD I am told they are aware and no need to call anymore. I do not know this woman….”
Moore then said on her Twitter page that the authorities were “dealing with it appropriately I have no details but thank you all again,” followed by a later posting that read, “What is meant to be will be we all have our own path to walk. I am inspired by the enormous response of humanity here and thank you.”
And of course, Twitter-happy husband Ashton Kutcher kept his own log of the incident on his page, peppering Twitter nation with stoic anecdotes such as: “Lot of pain in the world… Reach out to someone you don’t usually reach out to just to say hi. They might be lonely,” and “great to see the power of social networks!”
This is not the first time a suicidal individual has looked to a celebrity for calming words — radio host Howard Stern talked a caller out of killing himself in 1994.