Two men landed themselves in hot water after a zombie prank went sideways. Dustin Smith and his friend, Jasen Dixon were spending their time on the latter’s property in Sycamore Township when they decided to prank their friends via Facebook. The individuals did not waste much time and quickly buried a zombie head, along with other partially decomposed-looking plastic body parts under an ice sheet that formed in Dixon’s backyard.
After they snapped a few photos, they posted the pictures on Smith’s private Facebook profile claiming to have stumbled upon real human body remains frozen under a pond in East Fork Lake in Clermont County. As expected, some people fell for the joke and instructed the men to alert the local authorities. However, while other people were left in shock, Jason Dixon and Dustin Smith were having a good laugh in their backyard. Until someone inevitably sounded the alarm.
Two hours into the prank, Jason Dixon and his friend finally come clean and inform the users the whole incident was nothing more than an innocent joke. Nevertheless, approximately half an hour later, Dixon received a phone call from the Department of Natural Resources. Thinking someone was seeking retaliation, Dixon hung up the phone, believing the caller was trying to play a joke on them. However, when the man called back, he asked about the calling officer’s badge number – which he got. The Department of Natural Resources confirmed an authorized officer was trying to come in contact with them, seeking explanations.
Officer Matt Kruse told the press the case in now under investigation. When asked about the charges the pranksters could face, Mr. Kruse said he was not at liberty to discuss matters of a pending investigation. Nevertheless, it is possible the men will have to pay for the unease their post created on social media.
“Law enforcement is working with the local prosecutor on potential charges as the case remains under investigation”, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ spokesman, Matt Eiselstein.
Such response was, in part, fueled after a 16-year-old boy’s lifeless body was pulled from the East Fork Lake last year, in July. Also, the site has been combed multiple times by local authorities for missing people.
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