Missouri Sheriff’s Office Alerts FBI About ‘Middle Eastern Men’ Asking About Dam

Another sheriff says there's no heightened risk for Bagnell Dam
December 17, 2015 Updated: December 17, 2015

The sheriff’s office in Camden County, Missouri, said it forwarded a report of “Middle Eastern” men asking about a local dam to the FBI.

According to St. Louis’ FOX 2 Now, police said the incident took place around two weeks ago at a Golden Corral in Osage Beach. A deputy was eating lunch and a wait staff told him that the men men were asking about Bagnell Dam, wondering if they could rent a boat and tour it. The dam is considered a legitimate tourist attraction, with people from around the world coming to see it, Lake News noted.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office told Lake News when it received the tip, it was forwarded to the FBI and a joint task force on terrorism.

However, the sheriff’s office of nearby Miller County, in whose jurisdiction the dam lies, said there’s no heightened risk for the dam. It said that the office has been in contact with the St. Louis security office for the dam, and it added that patrols are continuing as normal.

Bagnell Dam, a hydroelectric facility, impounds the Osage River in Missouri, creating the Lake of the Ozarks. 

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“With recent things going on in our country and around the world, people are kind of a little bit more alerted. It’s everyone’s responsibility to watch out for each other. We all live in this community, and we’re going to notice things that seem out of place and if we don’t notify the proper authorities, who will?” Officer Corporal Scott Hines explained to ABC 17 News.

Hines was likely referring to the mass shooting at a San Bernardino building that left 14 people dead a few weeks ago and the Paris terrorist attacks that left at least 130 dead last month.

Hines said that it’s typical for police to get these kinds of reports after a mass shooting.

“We prefer to get a few calls than not be called and God forbid something does happen. If you do see or hear something that seems odd, call and let us know,” he told Lake News Online.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office said it isn’t conducting an investigation, reported Lake News.