Police across the country dispel rumors of active serial killer after posts spread on social media

Fake social media post about a serial killer in Mount Juliet.(Photo courtesy of Mount Juliet...
Fake social media post about a serial killer in Mount Juliet.(Photo courtesy of Mount Juliet Police Department)(Mount Juliet Police Department)
Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 12:57 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV/Gray News) – Police are speaking out against social media posts claiming a serial killer is active in multiple locations around the country.

A post which claimed a serial killer or abductor was operating in Mount Juliet, a suburb of Nashville, made the rounds on some local Facebook pages and groups, WSMV reported.

“There’s a serial killer or abductor who is currently hunting in Mount Juliet, my friend was almost taken by him,” the post reads. “He drives a truck with LED lights and hits cars of women alone, and once they pull over, he takes them. Multiple disappearances. If you are in the area and you are hit by a truck with LED lights, keep driving and call the cops. Stay safe.”

The Mount Juliet Police Department posted a message on social media responding to the claims, saying the claims were false.

They also said similar posts have been made nationwide targeting different city names.

Similar posts were made about a serial killer in Massillon, Ohio, located 30 miles south of Akron, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The police in both of those jurisdictions have said the posts were fake.

The image of the accused serial killer in some of these posts appears to be the mugshot of an inmate police were searching for in July after they said he walked away from a work crew.

As of July 7, police said the inmate had been taken back into custody.

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