FBI alerted about group of 'Middle Eastern' men asking about Missouri dam

FBI officials were reportedly alerted about a group of men asking suspicious questions about a Missouri dam, authorities said Wednesday.

Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbot said officials have been in contact with the St. Louis security office after the Camden County Sheriff’s Office confirmed a report about suspicious activity. Abbot said there is no reason to believe there’s a bigger threat to the Bagnell Dam due to the recent report, according to Lake News.

Camden County authorities told KMIZ-TV the incident happened about two weeks ago at a Golden Corral restaurant in Osage Beach. Restaurant workers told authorities who were eating lunch that a group of men were asking questions about the dam, including if they could rent a boat and tour the dam.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office told Lake News they received a tip about “Middle Eastern” men asking suspicious questions about the Bagnell Dam.

“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?” Camden County Officer Corporal Scott Hines told KMIZ-TV.

Hines told Lake News they’ve talked to the FBI among other security officials across Missouri.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office is not conducting an investigation.

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