Reese McKee, a ‘drunken optimist,’ launched a viral Internet campaign to find a girl he met in Hong Kong named ‘Katie.’ When Internet detectives find the girl, she deletes all of her social media profiles.
A New Zealand man smitten with a random girl he met in Hong Kong on New Year’s Eve launched a viral Internet campaign to find her.
But when his mystery woman was finally located, the girl was so creeped out by the flood of messages from would-be matchmakers that she removed herself from social media entirely.
Reese McKee, a 25-year-old self-described “drunken optimist” from Wellington, begged people to help him find a girl he only knew as “Katie” who lived in “DC.” in a Facebook page dubbed “A New Year’s Promise.”
He detailed their romantic chance encounter: Katie was sobbing on a Hong Kong street corner, they drank, they danced, they parted. She left him with a note that said “Find Me.”
“In this day and age, with our social media and rapidly decreasing degrees of separation, why can't two people reconnect?” McKee wrote in the event, which was since removed. “If only just to say thank you for being the first good memory in what has been a life changing year.”
But when Internet sleuths tracked down the object of McKee’s affection — or obsession, depending on your perspective — things took an ironic twist.
“It turned into a massive 'let's stalk every Katie in the D.C. area.' I was trying to get people to stop that, but with 2,000 plus people messaging ... it got a bit out of hand,'' McKee told the New Zealand Herald.
Katie, who still has yet to be identified, didn’t appreciate being bombarded with messages. She quickly deleted her Facebook account, much to the chagin of McKee.
“We found the girl ... She is from DC, she's not there at the moment, but she's sorta taken all her public profiles (offline) for a little bit,” he wrote, according to the Herald.
McKee told the Herald he plans to reach out contact the girl "when things died down a little bit.”