Kids: Clowns Are Trying to Lure Us Into SC Woods
Police have so far uncovered nothing suspicious
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2016 5:08 PM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2016 12:07 AM CDT
A man dressed as a clown carrying a container with a cat inside looks at some coins in his hand while walking in the working class district of Vallecas in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.   (AP Photo/Paul White)

(Newser) – Residents of Greenville, South Carolina, say a person (or people) dressed as a clown has been trying to lure children into the woods near an apartment complex, WSPA reports. On Aug. 21, a woman called authorities to report that her son had seen "clowns in the woods." Another person reported seeing someone dressed as a clown, who waved at them, near a dumpster. And children have reported that "several clowns" live in a home near the apartment complex and have been seen in the woods trying to lure children over to them with "large amounts of money," per WSPA.

Sheriff's deputies have been investigating but have found nothing suspicious so far. They note that, officially, only one incident report related to clowns has been filed, WYFF reports. Management at the Fleetwood Manor Apartments sent a letter to residents about the matter, warning them to make sure children are supervised and to report any suspicious incidents to police. "At first, I thought he was telling a fib," says one woman whose son reported being frightened by clowns. "Then the next day, there was like 30 kids that came up to me and said, 'Ms. Donna, Ms. Donna, there's clowns in the woods.' ... There was more than one kid that seen them, so I feel confident that he was telling the truth."