There is no evidence of a serial killer in Manatee County.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Neinhuis has a reminder for everyone. In a Facebook post this morning he reminds the public that not everything you see on social media is true.

Hernando County Sheriff Al Neinhuis

“Just a reminder that posting items directly on social media without giving law enforcement a opportunity to address the concern can cause a lot of unnecessary work for that law enforcement agency. This, in turn, takes them away from legitimate concerns, complainants, and/or investigations,” Sheriff Nienhuis said.

In Hernando County, if you hear or read a rumor about a significant law enforcement issue or you see a violation and want to report it, please call the Sheriff’s office at at 352-754-6830 (9-1-1 if it is an emergency).

If the issue is not an in-progress crime and If you don’t mind waiting a couple business days for a response, you can (instead) send them a message at

In the Sheriff’s reminder he states, “We have checks and balances in place that prevent your concern from falling through cracks. We ask, however, that you call the Communications Center or send us a message at the above link. It is a very real possibility that the concern will not be addressed if posted on one of the many, many social media platforms.”

From Manatee County Sheriff’s Office:
We have received some inquiries regarding posts circulating on social media that imply there may be a “serial killer” operating in Manatee County and surrounding jurisdictions. We want to clarify that the deaths referenced in these posts that occurred in MCSO’s jurisdiction are being investigated, and at this time nothing suspicious or criminal in nature has been discovered. We will always inform you in the event we believe public safety is at risk. If you have any questions, please contact us at 941-747-3011 Ext. 2278.

You can read the Manatee County article here: