Fort Worth Police Warn Against "Dead Body" Texting Prank

Police receive four reports of texts saying "I hid the body ... Now what?"

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012  |  Updated 8:56 PM CDT
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Police Warn Against "Dead Body" Texting Prank

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Fort Worth police are asking people not to partake in a prank in which they text a random phone number and say they have hidden a body.

Police officials said Thursday they have received four calls from residents reporting they have received such texts.

The idea has apparently been making the rounds on Twitter and the website Pinterest.

The prank is to send a text that says: "I hid the body ... Now what?" to a random phone number.

Police said they will file charges against anyone caught making such false claims through texts. Making a false report is a Class A misdemeanor. It is a state jail felony if the report is of an emergency involving a public primary or secondary school, public communications, public transportation, public water, gas or power supply or other public service.

Last week, a northwest Arkansas teenager got into trouble after she sent such a text to a stranger, who turned out to be a police detective. The girl was released with a warning.

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