GREENSBURG (KDKA) — Police in Greensburg are investigating after two recently-widowed women were the victims of a scary prank phone call.
Investigators say they believe the person making the calls is using obituaries to find the woman.
When two Greensburg widows answered the phone in December, they found themselves the victims of a cruel joke.
One victim lives at the Redstone Highlands Retirement Home in Greensburg and the other lives in a private residence. The caller telling the victims that he had a loved one tied up in a nearby room.
“Nothing leads us to believe that anybody is in any danger,” said Lt. Doug Marcoz, of the Greensburg Police Department. “We do believe that it is pranks.”
Police say the caller appears to have identified the victims through the obituaries of their recently deceased husbands.
He then apparently looked up their phone numbers to reach them directly.
There have been two incidents in Greensburg, but police are concerned there could be more. That’s why they’ll be reaching out to other police departments to see if there have been similar reports.
“Pathetic would be a good word and very disheartening as a family member to have to take a telephone call from somebody like that, especially when it would involve another loved one,” Lt. Marcoz said.
Greensburg police want the public to be aware of what they are calling a despicable crime. That way, if they get a similar call, they will know to call 911 immediately.
Police also want the caller to know, this is not a joke.
“We’re going to do everything we can to track them down and we’ll prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law,” Lt. Marcoz added.