Hale County SO: Gorilla report unfounded

Published 4:53 pm Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A group of R.C. Hatch High School students caused a national news frenzy with reports of a gorilla sighting near Newbern this weekend.

A group of baseball players headed back to Uniontown from a game phoned 911 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Saturday reporting to having seen a gorilla at the intersection of Highway 61 and County Road 20 in Newbern.

The Hale County Sheriff’s Office, inundated with calls from news agencies around the country, released a statement Tuesday saying that they took the report and subsequent investigation seriously as part of protocol.

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“Deputies responded and checked the area,” the release stated. “No gorilla or other large primate was located. The Hale County Sheriff’s Office answers all calls for service in a professional and serious manner. This call, like all others, was investigated and until further evidence is discovered we consider this matter to be unfounded.”