Indian relatives overseas told the parents of missing Northwestern student Harsha Maddula that they contacted a psychic on their family's behalf and the word was good about a successful outcome.
"All my family and friends from India, from everywhere, they see me on TV and they say, 'He's still alive. Don't worry," Prasad Maddula, the youth's father said.
The psychics got it wrong; terribly wrong.
Harsha Maddula was not alright. His body is believed to be the one pulled from Lake Michigan's Wilmette Harbor Thursday night, along with Harsha's cell phone and personal identification according to NBC News.
The family, already overcome with grief that their loved one was missing, has now been subjected to what law enforcement terms "false hope" and all because of a psychic.
Rarely do police tell parents without a doubt that their missing loved one is alive. They do encourage them to maintain hope, but they also paint a realistic picture of the uncertainty in such cases.
Some psychics, on the other hand, can prey upon the fears and anxieties of others, often requesting money for a "reading" in order to provide assurances needed by an individual or group of hurting people.
That's just wicked.
It isn't clear if Prasad Maddula's family members in India paid for the inaccurate information received from their fortune teller. But it is clear the family of the missing Northwestern student didn't get any satisfactory result if they did, unfortunately.
Hopefully the family will not have anyone else giving them false information about the tragic death of their very young loved one. All they need now is love and supportÂ—and the facts.
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