Indiana police put scary clown rumors to rest

FILE - A clown performs in the inaugural parade marking the 15th Iberoamerican Festival of Theater, FITB, in Bogota, Colombia, Saturday, March 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – For days, many people in the Clay County area have been contacting law enforcement in response to social media posts about “clown sightings.”

This comes after authorities around Indiana and in other states are dealing with similar situations.

WTHI had reached out to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday in response to social media posts spreading like wildfire. Officials told us that they had no reports made and that the majority of calls were in reference to the posts on social media.

Then, on Wednesday, the Brazil Police Department made a statement on its Facebook page.

While officials report they did take a complaint from someone about someone dressed as a clown coming to their door, they have not had any criminal reports filed in connection to clown sightings.

“This is a Facebook scare that is blown itself out of control and continues to grow with each post and has the city in a panic for no reason,” the Facebook post stated.

The Brazil Police Department is asking for citizens to not “repost these rumors as they only create unnecessary fear and concern throughout the community.”