Henry County Sheriff’s Office addresses abduction rumors being shared online

Henry County Sheriff's Office wants to dispell rumors of a spur of abductions in the area after an investigation found no findings of threat.

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) —Henry County Sheriff’s Office wants to address rumors of a spur of abductions in the area after an investigation found no findings of threat.

The Sheriff’s Office investigated a claim that a man was watching two teenage girls and communicating with someone through a walkie talkie in a parking lot on the 2700 block of Greensboro Road in the Ridgeway area of Henry County on Nov. 29.

Deputies reviewed video, located and questioned the person of interest and discovered that “he was in the area shopping and was not a threat to anyone,” according to a statement.

Law enforcement says the man is an acquaintance of one of the teenagers and her parents.

“The inaccurate information regarding this incident, along with information about subjects abducting girls from the area has recently circulated on social media. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office wants to ensure the community that there have been no abductions or attempted abductions that have taken place in Henry County,” said the Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement is asking the public to verify claims made by a online posts before reposting them.

They also also say first line of action people should take when facing what appears as a threat is to call 911 and not posting on social media.

“At this time, there is no evidence of any verifiable threat. We would encourage citizens to use social media responsibly and not spread additional misinformation,” said the Sheriff’s Office.

During the holiday season, officers will increase patrol in shopping and commercial areas.


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