Suspicious clown report spooks some Hyrum residents

Pennywise the clown from the Stephen King thriller IT.

HYRUM — A suspected hoax scared some local residents Monday night after a woman called 911, claiming an unknown individual was dressed as a clown and frightening teenagers in the south-end of the valley.

Cache County Sheriff’s Lt. Mikelshan Bartschi said the suspicious incident was reported just after 10:30 p.m.

The woman later posted on social media that the individual was allegedly wearing a clown mask and polka-dot outfit near Hyrum Dam. He was reportedly carrying a bat and taunting the woman’s daughters, causing them to text her in fear, asking for her to pick them up.

Bartschi said a Utah Highway Patrol Trooper was near the area when the call came in and immediately responded. He drove throughout the area without locating anyone wearing a mask or polka-dots.

Deputies later learned the woman who made the initial call had been drinking.

Bartschi explained that regardless of the circumstances, deputies investigated the call but were never able to corroborate the woman’s story.

“We can’t confirm or deny it happened,” said Bartschi. “The case has been closed though and deputies do not plan to conduct any follow-up investigation unless further complaints are received.”

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  • KA May 27, 2020 at 8:26 am Reply

    If you’re so drunk you’re seeing clowns, maybe it’s time to switch to iced tea.

    • Taelor May 27, 2020 at 5:45 pm Reply

      Clearly she wasn’t the one who saw the clown. It was the children who saw it therefore she was looking out for her children like other mothers would do in this situation and was warning others for there children’s safety.

  • Daddy May 27, 2020 at 10:58 pm Reply

    Watch this ^^^^ be the mom

    • QB May 27, 2020 at 11:51 pm Reply

      Oh you much be the journalist spouse:)

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