Sheriff needs leads
Early into last school year, at about 1:30 p.m. on a Friday in September, a phone call lit up Seminole County's 911 switchboard.
“Listen very carefully,” the male voice on the other end of the line said. “We placed three bombs, [at] Winter Springs Elementary, Casselberry Elementary, Oviedo Elementary…”
“We’ll call you back with our demands.”
That one phone call led to the mass evacuations of schools throughout the county. Every elementary school in the county was searched.
But the second phone call never came, and bombs were never found.
The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the hoax bomb threat to Seminole County elementary schools that occurred last fall and is now asking the public for additional help to identify the man in newly released photos, taken on Sept. 29, 2014, just before the call was placed.
The man was seen on surveillance cameras purchasing a cell phone from a Dollar General store in Casselberry less than an hour before the hoax call was made. Investigators believe that was the phone used to make the hoax call. The man in the photos is a person of interest and investigators would like to speak with him, though the Sheriff’s office said he is not considered a suspect at the time.
The Sheriff’s office is asking that anyone with information of the identify of this man call CrimeLine at 1-800-423-TIPS or the Seminole County Sheriff's Office at 407-665-6650.