It has been widely reported that Shawn posted a message on the website his parents set up to try to find him. Shawn acknowledges that he did post a message. In it he asked, How long are you going to look for your son? "I was hoping it might give some kind of hint," Shawn says.
Craig remembers reading the message— which was posted under the name "Shawn Devlin"— but at the time, he says, he didn't think anything about it. "You get so many of these messages. I mean, on a daily basis you get so many weird, out-there messages," Craig says. "We've dealt with children coming onto the website, to the chat room, and saying they're Shawn."