The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

March 19, 2014

Hinton police say hacker posted dead dog photo

Hinton Police Department Chief D.S. Snavely released information about a Facebook infiltration in order to protect a citizen whose account was hacked late Tuesday evening.

According to the release, Hinton Police received numerous messages via their Facebook page and phone calls to their office in regard to an individual posting on her Facebook account that she had killed a dog and posted a picture of it on her wall showing the dog laying on the railroad tracks.

“I want to first say that this case is under investigation and we are looking into it seriously. However, we feel confident that at this point that (the woman) did not post this on Facebook as we have evidence that her account was hacked and being used by another person(s),” Snavely said.

“We are not releasing any other details at this point on this case at this time due to the fact that the case is ongoing.”

The chief said he simply wanted to advise that there has been a large amount of negative attention directed toward the woman.

“We have no reason to believe that she hurt any animal in any way,” Snavely said.

— E-mail: cboyd@register-herald.com

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