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Blood splattered walls creates Illinois State University Police investigation

Blood splattered walls creates Illinois State University Police investigation

According to the Illinois State Parents & Families Facebook page blood was found splattered on the walls at Tri-Towers. (Photo courtesy Illinois State Parents & Families Facebook page)

NORMAL – The Illinois State University Police Department is investigating an incident at Wright Hall on Tuesday night regarding threatening messages.

According to the Illinois State Parents & Families Facebook page, people witnessed a note found in a stairway that said, “A serial killer lives in your building.”

Several eye-witnesses say that blood was splattered around the note.

On a different stair-well at Tri-Towers, blood was found with the written words, “Ted Bundy.”

Bundy was a serial killer who admitted to slaughtering 36 people in the 1970’s in Florida.

Illinois State University Police Chief Aaron Woodruff said that the situation is most likely a prank.

“We received a call yesterday morning that some students found a note taped to a wall that said, “there is a serial killer in the building,” added Woodruff. “(There was) what appeared to be blood splattered and kind of smeared on different parts of the stair-well of Wright Hall.”

“To us this is clearly a prank, obviously there is no missing students dead, injured or otherwise,” Woodruff said. “Obviously we are handling it as a threat. That being said if we determine who it is or identify who it is that is responsible for it they certainly could still be held responsible through the code of student conduct.”

Wright Hall has cameras both on the inside of its complex and outside, but it does not have cameras in the stair-wells.

“We’re still reviewing camera footage for the building, but we don’t have cameras in the locations that this occurred,” added Woodruff.

Woodruff said that a campus crime report was not issued because social media made the incident larger than it was.

“Part of the problem here to be honest is that people take this information and spread it and it becomes false rumors,” Woodruff said. “We only notify the campus community if we think that there is a potential for threat.”

Blake Haas contributed to this story.

Blake Haas

November 29th, 2017

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