A viral video supposedly telling the poignant tale of a little girl named “Alice”, who went missing for seven months before authorities found her in a strange log pile, has been circulating on social media since June 2021. One version posted on the Unknown Facts Facebook page has racked up over 2 million views:
This video does not tell a true story. It is a work of fiction illustrated with a series of unrelated photos.
The story appears to originate from the Creepy-World.com website in an article published in April 2021. A few months later, a video with the same title – “Girl Vanishes, 7 Months Later Hiker Tells Cops To Look Closer At Log Pile” – was shared on the Creepy World YouTube page.
One indication that this video is a work of fiction is that it is unnecessarily light on the details. For example, the law enforcement agency in this story is simply identified as “local police.” The story does not provide any details of where or when this happened, nor does it link to any reports of this girl’s alleged disappearance.
The great giveaway that this video is a work of fiction, however, is that the photos included are from a variety of independent sources, none of which has anything to do with a girl who was found in a log pile.
The photograph of this girl’s missing bicycle, for example, is from an April 2021 report on a damaged bicycle that was found by the side of the road in Lagrange, Indiana; and the photo of “Riverside,” the fictional town where this fabricated story is centered, actually shows a photo of Perrysburg, Ohio. The image of “hikers in search” comes from a 2017 story about a missing person in the Great Smoky Mountains. The image of a reporter talking about a “missing 11-year-old girl” is also real, but it has nothing to do with the video posted above. This comes from a 2017 news segment about 11-year-old Jenna Irmler, who disappeared after running away from her home. Irmler then returned home and was not found in a pile of logs.
The big reveal of this fictional story is that the girl was found inside a small cabin that had been disguised as a pile of logs. The photos in this article show two different ‘log pile’ cabins, but neither was the location where a missing girl was found.
The first set of photographs actually shows a wooden chapel in Germany designed by John Pawson, an architect. Pawson described this building on architecture website Archdaily.com in 2019:
When John Pawson was commissioned by the Siegfried and Elfriede Denzel Foundation to design a roadside chapel for a site in southwest Germany, he followed a long tradition of erecting chapels in as spiritual and architectural elements of the landscape. The Sieben Kapellen ou Sept Chapelles project aims to offer cyclists a series of places to take shelter, but also to stop and think. A file common to all seven chapels stipulated a wooden construction, with a cross nearby and seats.
On his first visit to the site, Pawson quickly formed the intention that people would experience the chapel as an object found at the point of transition between the forest and the open land, rather than a work of conventional architecture. The structure is thus framed as the simplest of gestures. From some points of view, its mass appears like a pile of logs stacked up to dry; others, the thoughtful placement of elements on a concrete plinth creates a more formal impression of a piece of sculpture.
Here is a video which presents some images (many of which are included in the fictional story) of this chapel “pile of logs”:
The other set shows a log cabin designed by architect Piet Hein Eek for Dutch musician Hans Liberg. This unique house, located in the Netherlands, can be seen in the video below:
In short, this viral video brings together a series of unrelated images that were taken in a wide variety of locations over a span of several years to create a fictional tale of a missing girl who was found in a log pile. .
scary world. “## Girl goes missing, 7 months later a hiker tells the cops to take a closer look at the pile of logs.” CreepyWorld, http://www.creepy-world.com/2021/04/girl-vanishes-7-months-later-hiker.html. Accessed December 8, 2021.
“Brandon’s missing 11-year-old girl has been found alive.” WFTS, February 15, 2017, https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/11-year-old-girl-with-aspergers-syndrome-reported-missing-in-hillsborough-county.
“Police are looking for the owner of a mutilated bicycle found on the side of the road.” ABC57, https://www.abc57.com/news/damaged-bicycle-found-on-monday-with-no-bicyclist. Accessed December 8, 2021.
“It looks like a pile of logs, but inside is a musician’s secret lair. Tiny House for Us, July 9, 2015, https://tinyhousefor.us/alternative-dwellings/it-looks-like-a-pile-of-logs-but-inside-its-a-musicians-secret-lair/ .
“Wooden Chapel / John Pawson.” ArchDaily, March 14, 2019, https://www.archdaily.com/913153/wooden-chapel-john-pawson.