Police ID person of interest in threats made to Perryville High School

According to Perry County School District 32, all campuses are closed Friday, January 13...
According to Perry County School District 32, all campuses are closed Friday, January 13 because of a second reported threat.(KFVS)
Published: Jan. 13, 2023 at 7:24 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2023 at 2:03 PM CST
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PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KFVS) - Officials have identified a person of interest in threats made toward the Perryville High School.

According to Perryville Police Chief Direk Hunt, they have identified a person of interest; however, it’s an ongoing investigation and they won’t release any other information.

Law enforcement and school officials held a news conference on Friday, January 13.

Law enforcement and school leaders gave an update on the investigation during a news conference on Friday afternoon, January 13.

The police department worked with state and federal agencies to identify a person of interest.

During the news conference, police said they received another phone call Friday morning from the same number that was used on Wednesday.

They said the male subject claimed to be a student at Perryville High School and that he planned a mass shooting at the high school for Friday morning.

Police believe it’s the same person who called them on Wednesday.

School officials were notified and law enforcement officers searched the campus again, but did not find any weapons or explosive devices.

School was closed Friday. It is expected to resume Tuesday, Jan. 17 as scheduled.

The district said they plan to prosecute the person or persons making the threats.