It was more than a year between Meier's suicide and the first media report of the Internet hoax.

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Meier had hanged herself with a belt in the bedroom closet.

Despite attempts to revive her, Meier was pronounced dead the next day on October 17, three weeks before her 14th birthday.

Megan Taylor Meier (November 6, 1992 – October 17, 2006) was an American teenager who committed suicide by hanging herself three weeks before her 14th birthday. During Megan's childhood she lived in the nearby Dardenne Prairie. From the third grade, after she had told her mother she had wanted to kill herself, Megan had been under the care of a psychiatrist.

A year later, Meier's parents prompted an investigation into the matter and her suicide was attributed to cyberbullying through the social networking website My Space. She had been prescribed citalopram (an antidepressant that has a possible side effect of increasing suicide risk in young people Soon after opening an account on My Space, Meier received a message supposedly from a 16-year-old boy, Josh Evans.

At the time of the suicide, the Drew and Meier families were neighbors, living four doors apart.

Lori Drew was aided by Sarah and by Ashley Grills, an 18-year-old employee of Lori. Witnesses testified that the women intended to use Meier's messages sent to "Josh" to get information about her and later humiliate her, in retribution for her allegedly spreading gossip about Drew's daughter.

Several weeks after her death, Megan Meier's parents were told that the mother of one of their daughter's friends—with whom Meier had a falling out—had created the "Josh Evans" account.

The parent, Lori Drew, who created the fake account, admitted that she and her daughter had the password to the account, and characterized the hoax to a reporter as a "joke".

On October 16, 2006, the tone of the messages changed.