MOUNT VERNON — An Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter flying over Mount Vernon with its search light on for two hours was apparently looking for nothing.
The helicopter began flying over Mount Vernon just after 7 p.m. Several times throughout the night, the spotlight was used in areas of the west end of the city.
“It’s no different than our regular patrol units,” said Matt Haver, Public Information Officer with the Mount Vernon Police Department. “They were out to assist our guys if they needed it.”
Calls to OSP dispatchers indicated they were working with area law enforcement. Calls with local dispatch confirmed that there was nothing of a serious nature and it was part of a patrol.
When asked about the use of the spotlight, Haver said he had no idea what they were looking at or for on the ground.
Rumors spread like wildfire on social media. Several websites had posts about shootings, gunfire and missing persons.
At the end of the patrol, just around 9:30 p.m., a post appeared on the Mount Vernon Police Department Facebook page, stating “Please be aware that the presence of an Ohio State Highway Patrol helicopter over and around the city tonight is only part of normal coordinated patrol.”
Phone calls and public records requests seeking further information were left with the OSHP and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office were not returned as of press time.
A helicopter was also reported flying around the southern part of Mount Vernon Monday night.