A Springfield man has been charged with inducing panic after deputies accused him of making false allegations of his own death.
Zachary Tackett, 24, is scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today on the charge.
Deputies alleged that he had made comments about killing himself and on March 9 texted his father allegedly pretending to be someone who had found Tackett’s cell phone at Buck Creek State Park.
“He received a text message back state, ‘I hope your son is not the guy they found dead in the water,’” according to court records.
Dispatchers then called Buck Creek and other agencies trying to locate a possible body, according to court records.
A deputy located Tackett at his brother’s house, and he said he was OK and allegedly had his phone with him the entire time.
“(Tackett) is being charged with inducing panic due to the resources and manpower used to locate him for false allegations,” according to court records.
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