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Suspect Arrested for Mountain Lion Hoax in Aiken

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Billy Lunsford is in custody tonight.

He’s the guy accused of making up the story of the missing mountain lion in Aiken.

Lunsford, 55, of North Augusta, has been charged with providing false info to police, a misdemeanor.

His false report of a missing mountain lion caused a major panic in Aiken on Sunday as police and state officials scrambled to locate the missing animal. Lunsford said the animal was missing from an Aiken pet store, but it turned out to be a hoax, police said.

A motive is unclear.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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