Fake Amber Alert

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

Pleasants County authorities are saying an amber alert for a seven-year-old girl being sent through text messages is fake.

The St. Marys Police Department received calls about the alert all day Tuesday.

St. Marys Police Chief, Bill Stull said there are no reports of a missing or abducted child in Pleasants county.

However, Chief Stull said even though the alert was bogus, it was great to see how quickly it circulated and the number of people who responded.

"Everybody wanted to grab their shotgun off the wall and help go hunt the guy down, but completely the entire story was bogus," Chief Stull said.

He also said whoever is responsible could be in trouble with the federal government and will be facing several charges.

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  • by Mother of child on Feb 11, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    What kind of sick individual would do such a thing? How pathetic is it that someone has nothing better to do with their life? To create such a panic, as a parent I cannot imagine my child being taken. Why would someone want to joke about a child missing? Well, I hope whoever did this enjoyed themselves, because it is illegal and I hope they get prosecuted to the full letter of the law!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 11, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    yes it still was a fake alert that someone from st. marys pa started. what a sick joke. i am glad to see are system work. but its sad to think people enjoy watching a community stress over a missing child that really isnt missing.
  • by shannon Location: st. marys on Feb 10, 2009 at 07:26 PM
    when i heard about this sick joke my heart just dropped i have a little girl who is 7 and this was not funny at all, you should be ashamed of yourself and punished
  • by Ricardo Location: Waverly on Feb 10, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    So, it wasn't really fake... it was just that it happened in St. Marys PA, right? How is that bogus? Just cause someone passed along an alert because it sounded like it was in our area....
  • by YourNeighbor Location: WV on Feb 10, 2009 at 05:58 PM
    This Amber Alert was forwarded to me from an employee @ Suddenlink and then again from another company. How wonderful that the local companies who have employees on the road quickly alerted them so they could help save a life. I received the first alert around 10am. I am glad that noone was missing and that the system worked so well.
  • by Kayla Location: St.Marys on Feb 10, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    I got that text message today and it scared me so bad because my little sister is turning 8 on the 22nd. It seemed so real because it had a license plate number. I hope whoever did this gets what they deserve.
  • by Sharon Location: Marietta on Feb 10, 2009 at 05:57 PM
    So where do false reports like this come from? Can the public initiate them? Is it a cop testing the system? Or is it a legitimate alert that someone picks up and passes along as if it's real, thinking that time is of the essence???
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