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Lanesville police chief responds after reading death threats in local park

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LANESVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- On Friday afternoon, an emotional Chief Tom Walter relived the moment he found a painted message at a local park -- a message threatening his life.

"I read where it said f*** you.  I will kill you," Chief Walker said. 

He read the harmful words alongside his 11-year-old son.

"We had just returned from basketball practice, so needless to say, it kind of freaked him out," Chief Walker said. "He sees this stuff on TV, in crime shows, but it's not anything for a small town area." 

But the chief soon realized the language wasn't confined to one spot. Expletives and death threats were written throughout Lanesville Heritage Park, and all seemed to be directed at Chief Walter.

Olivia Futter said she walks her dog through the area twice a day and can't imagine who would commit such a brazen crime.

"I feel terrible for him," Futter said. "I'm sure he's scared and stuff, like someone's coming after him."

The chief said he removed the writing himself but can't seem to get the images out of his head.

"You don't ever forget something like this, but it helps keep you grounded, like the generally safety around the house," Walter said. "My biggest concern wasn't so much for myself. It was for my family at home and my grand-kids that come visit."

The chief said he's watching his back more than ever and following up on possible leads. He has several suspects in mind, and believes more than one person is involved.

"I am not by any means a professional handwriting person. But you can look and tell there are two distinct handwritings involved," he said.

Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk took to Facebook saying in part:

"…when individuals decide to make threats against those that bravely serve our community, you can be certain that the action we take will be swift and severe."

If you have any information that could help solve this case, you’re asked to call the Lanesville Police Department at (812) 952-1024.

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