Police in Aurora, Illinois are investigating after cards warning residents that “something terrible is going to happen” on New Year’s Eve were found on hundreds of vehicles throughout the Chicago suburb.
While the cards are certainly concerning to residents, local authorities are saying they “do not want the community to panic” because there are several law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation and there have not been any credible leads since the notes were found.
Here’s what the note said in full, according to the APD:
Something terrible is going to happen in Aurora 12/31/16. The wise will find the truth and act before it is too late. If you are vigilant and watchful the clues will appear as you travel the roadways. The answer is all around you but will you find it before the evil is done?
The cards also read, “Seek it happens 12/31/16 in the book of face.” A Facebook page with similar language was set up, though it has since been removed from the social networking site.
Law enforcement officers have found no suspects so far in the case.
“While we’re not certain as to what the meaning behind the messages are, we do not want the community to panic,” a statement from the department read. “The incidents do serve as an excellent illustration of everyone’s role in keeping our community safe in that any suspicious behavior, no matter how insignificant it may seem, should be called into 911 immediately. If possible, taking a photograph or video of the suspicious behavior is also recommended as long as doing so would not put someone in immediate danger.”
In a federal security bulletin issued last week, the New York Police Department, FBI and Department of Homeland Security voiced concerns “about unaffiliated lone offenders and homegrown violent extremists (HVEs) targeting” the Times Square celebration — one of the biggest in the U.S.
To date, though, the memo read, there is “no information to indicate a specific, credible threat to or associated with the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2017 celebration in New York City.”