'Creepy clown' sighting reported in southern West Virginia

Published: Sep. 13, 2016 at 3:11 PM EDT
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A creepy clown sighting has been reported in southern West Virginia.

Someone dressed in what appears to be a clown outfit was photographed alongside the road at night in Duhring, West Virginia. That’s in Mercer County.

The photo is making its way around social media, with over a thousand shares. You can view the Facebook post at the bottom of this article.

The sheriff's department is saying enough clowning around, though.

If it’s a joke, the person is putting his or her self at danger – not to mention creeping many people out, deputies say.

“We don’t know the person’s purpose, and if someone took the picture just to scare folks,” Mercer County Chief Deputy Darrell Bailey said. “But it’s dangerous, and dangerous for them if it’s a joke. We would like to put a stop to it — whatever it is. I have a deputy working on it, and trying to figure out where the picture originated, and who was the first person to post it.”

This comes after several random clown sightings in rural parts of South Carolina where there have been reports of them trying to lure children to remote area, followed by reports in North Carolina, and then some in Arizona.