Since August, there have been reports across several states of men dressed as clowns lurking in public areas and trying to lure children into the woods.
Earlier this September, several counties in Southwest Virginia–including Bristol, Dickenson, and Tazewell–have reported 911 calls about clowns loitering in public areas. The police have searched for the suspects of the disturbances, but have found nobody yet. Despite the lack of follow through, the police of Tazewell County said that they believe their sources were valid, so it is likely not a hoax, as many people believe.
These reports come about a month after sightings of clowns in North Carolina and South Carolina. Contrasting to the reports in Southwest Virginia, these clowns were seen trying to lure children into the woods for unknown reasons. Physical evidence such as photos and videos of the clowns have yet to surface. The Greenville County, South Carolina Police Department are unsure if these incidents are real or fake, but they are taking the claims seriously nonetheless.
Despite the lack of hard evidence and suspects, the public has taken the matter into their own hands. In Greensboro, North Carolina, the newspaper reported that a man had chased a clown into the woods with a machete. The police were not able to locate the clown in question, and there is no word on the man. Nearly 600 miles away in Alabama, the Etowah County police were notified of a social media post saying that two local schools would be visited by clowns. The police questioned a freshman and reported that the student, whose name was not released, “invented the hoax.”
There has yet to be any reported arrests in any of these cases.