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Unknown callers implying people in danger in Dodge Co.

In each suspicious call, the person seems to have a Spanish accent, and implies that they are in danger, being held against his or her will.

Posted: Mar 20, 2018 10:20 PM
Updated: Mar 21, 2018 7:25 AM

DODGE COUNTY, Minn. -- Minnesota authorities are investigating a string of suspicious calls in which someone implies they're being held against their will.

The calls were received Monday at five area businesses and organizations, including Dodge Center Public Library, Lowell's Auto Sales, Dodge Center Chiropractic, Triton High School, and Country Cafe in Kasson, according to the Dodge County Sheriff's Office.

Captain Ryer Anderson with DCSO said there were common themes involved, as the callers seemed to have a Spanish accent, and implied that they were in danger.

In the case of the call at Triton High School, the caller referenced an actual student, but school officials were able to determine that it was a false call.  One of the businesses reported that an actual client was referenced in their call, but that was also determined to be false.

"It sounded like she was kind of crying," said Wendy Kenworthy, of the Dodge Center Public Library. "And (she) said, 'Can you come get me?'"

After obtaining the caller's first name, Kenworthy said she asked for the caller's last name.

"She wouldn't answer that question, and I asked again, 'What's your last name?' And I kinda thought something was up with this. It wasn't a legitimate call, so I disconnected the call," Kenworthy said.

However, the phone conversation wasn't quite finished.

"She called back and told me her last name, and I told her that I would be happy to call the sheriff's office for her and send a deputy to come get her," Kenworthy said, "She said, 'No, no. I just need you to come pick me up.' I said, 'I can't do that.' And she hung up, and I never got another call."

On their Facebook post, the sheriff's office said they're not sure what the motive is behind the calls, as there was never discussion of money.

"It made me just a little nervous because it was a name of one of our patrons when she gave me the first and the last name, so there was some concern," Kenworthy said. "I did call that patron and said, 'You know, I just got kind of a funny call. Is everything OK? Are you alright? Did you call here?' And she said, 'No, it wasn't me. I'm fine.'"

Still, Kenworthy said it made her uncomfortable enough to report it.

Library workers said they don't know the call-back phone number because they don't have caller ID. Others who received similar calls said they believe the call was made from Mexico due to the amount of digits in the call-back phone numbers.

However, the sheriff's office said the conversations were kept short by the caller, and that the call-back numbers were either blocked or spoofed.

Anyone who has received similar calls is asked to report them to local law enforcement.

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