Two identified in investigation

Updated July 29, 2022.

The Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Community School Corporation would like to thank the community for sharing our earlier media release. It was quickly apparent how the forces of social media can assist in these investigations. Within two hours of the release, the individuals were identified and voluntarily came in for interviews. The individuals have been identified as juveniles. Due to the fact they are minors, specific details of the investigation are not permitted to be released.

After a thorough investigation, local law enforcement is currently unaware of any immediate threats toward school buildings in our corporation.

"HCCSC is grateful for the excellent work done by HPD," said HCCSC Superintendent John Trout. "We appreciate the immense professionalism and thoroughness shown throughout the investigation. School safety and emergency preparedness is a continuous and constant point of emphasis and priority for HCCSC. We greatly value our partnership and cooperation with local law enforcement and will continue to work closely with local law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of our schools for our students and staff throughout this school year and into the future."

The investigation into this matter is near completion. Officer reports will be forwarded to the Prosecutor's office for review in the coming days.

The Huntington Police Department remains committed to the safety of all students and faculty within the Huntington County Community School Corporation.

Posted Friday, July 29, 2022.

Riverview Media Release

Police believe these two individuals may be able to provide useful information about an incident at Riverview Middle School on Saturday, July 23.

On Saturday July 23, 2022, at approximately 1 p.m., two unknown adult male individuals made entry into Riverview Middle School located at 2465 Waterworks Rodd. The school was unoccupied and no students or staff were in the building during this time. The two male individuals walked throughout the building and were in the school for a substantial amount of time.

The school was not vandalized and nothing is known to have been taken.

The Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Community Schools Corporation are working together to ensure the building is safe for the return of students on August 4. Some of the precautionary steps taken have included a thorough sweep of the building, reviewing security footage to assist in locating the individuals involved and using police service dogs to ensure no suspicious devices were planted in the building.

"The first and most important aspect of each and every day is the safety of our students and staff,” said HCCSC Superintendent John Trout. “HCCSC and Riverview administration have been in close communication with the HPD, and the thoroughness of their investigation is greatly appreciated. This week, we have revisited all our school safety procedures and held additional discussions and trainings with the entire administrative team, who in turn will review and implement those procedures on a daily basis with their staffs prior to the start of school on Thursday, August 4. HCCSC will continue to be vigilant with school safety and security and we will work closely with local law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of our buildings for our students and staff.”

The Huntington Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident. We have included a photograph of two individuals. These individuals are not being accused of a crime but the Huntington Police Department hopes they can provide useful information in regard to this incident.

If you have any information, please contact Sgt. Karl Shockome at (260) 356-7110.

Assisting Agencies: Huntington County Sheriff’s Department and the Fort Wayne Police Department.


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