27 July, 2016 - NME.com
A YouTube star caused panic among fans overnight after a series of messages and videos sparked fears over her safety.
Fans of fashion vlogger Marina Joyce, 19 from north London, first raised alarm when they believed that they heard her whisper a plea of "help me" in a recent video. Some also alleged that it appeared that Joyce was being forced to film the video against her will.
After Joyce invited followers on Twitter to meet-up in Bethnal Green, east London at 6.30am on Wednesday (July 27), the hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce went viral as fans raised concern over the star's behaviour.
About #SaveMarinaJoyce - She edits in a whisper at the start of her video saying "Help Me". I hope she's okay... pic.twitter.com/nMEh8sMTdR— Fred Pye (@NoughtPointFour) July 26, 2016
if you want to PARTTEEEYY with me? ;) <3 tweet me now if you wanna party with me :D ill put details out for where to meet soon for the day— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 26, 2016
Meet me Bethnal Green at 6:30am if you would like to join partying with me at that event ^-^ bring a friend so you dont get lost— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 26, 2016
Fans also pointed to a previous YouTube video Joyce uploaded which showed a shotgun in the background.
Owning a shotgun is illegal in UK #savemarinajoyce pic.twitter.com/4Ce7L57xU7— Britney (@britneyaantoine) July 27, 2016
As fans speculated, Vine star Daz Black attempted to offer reassurance, claiming to have "just spoken with Marina Joyce" and saying that "she is not in any danger".
However, he later told fans to "stay well clear" of Joyce's proposed meet-up and to "let police handle this".
I have just spoken with Marina Joyce. Do not worry guys she is not in any danger and I'm even meeting up with her to collab and chat. :)— Daz_black (@daz_black) July 26, 2016
I need you all to trust me ;) Would Daz ever let anyone come to harm? No he wouldn't. I see someone in trouble and i help right away.— Daz_black (@daz_black) July 26, 2016
After talking to her i have spoke with police and it is now being investigated. I want to make sure 100% shes okay as you guys do.— Daz_black (@daz_black) July 27, 2016
Please do not go to Marinas meet up! Stay well clear and do not got to this meet up. Let police handle this.— Daz_black (@daz_black) July 27, 2016
Enfield police have tweeted that that Joyce is "safe and well", confirming that officers visited the star's home after the reports.
Joyce herself has also told fans that she is "totally fine" and "feeling very good" today. She has also attempted to arrange another meet-up and a livestream.
Officers have visited YouTube user Marina Joyce. She is safe and well. #ETeam #savemarinajoyce— Enfield MPS (@MPSEnfield) July 27, 2016
#savemarinajoyce Im TOTALLY fine guys, i am feeling very good today and its actually so heartwarming to see so many people care about me— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 27, 2016
Im going to do a Live Stream today on Younow if you guys want to watch at some point today, probably around 12/1pm <3— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 27, 2016
(Bethnal Green on Wednesday on 3rd, i hope you guys know that)— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 27, 2016
Come to this meetup aswell to meet me :D may be easier for you to all come to this as you need a ticket to the other https://t.co/74Ygjxr9pI— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 27, 2016
Joyce has also attempted to confirm to fans that her recent messages have indeed been posted by herself. See below.
@andcheapgin @maryjohnholland it is me :(— Marina Rose Joyce (@MarinaJoyce7) July 27, 2016