Unverified information on social media casts suspicion on unsuspecting contractor


by WHAS11


Posted on January 21, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An intense search is underway for the driver of white van involved in four recent attempted abductions, but as residents try to help police find a white van, some unverified tips are being circulated on social media.

It's causing one local man some big problems.

The driver of the white van believed to be involved in all those attempted abductions is still at large, but police throughout Kentuckiana are getting lots of tips about the possible owner.

One of those involves a Louisville contractor who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s now being portrayed as a possible criminal on Facebook and other social media.

White work vans are can be found everywhere….pick any road, any parking lot and if you look closely enough, you may see one.

Local residents have been looking for a white van believed to have been involved in four attempted abductions.

Two were reported last week in Bardstown, and there were two other cases in Louisville.

A local resident trying to help police identify a suspect took a photo Louisville contractor Dan Callan as he was getting gas Friday night.

She posted it on Facebook with a caption saying he might be the perpetrator.

“In 24 hours from the time that picture was taken, there were thousands of hits,” Callan said.

That led some to question whether Callan was involved.

“Last night I pulled into McDonald's to get a cup of coffee and the girl does this jump back thing and hesitantly hands me my cup of coffee because she has apparently seen it,” Callan said.

Callan drives a different model van, has a different license plate and couldn't fit any accomplices in his crowded van.

But he is still worried about his new found Facebook notoriety.

“Most all of my clients are doctors, lawyers and so forth. They all know me, so I wouldn't have any issues with the thing, but it's very damaging when somebody puts something like that on the Internet like that and there's no truth to it,” Callan said.

If you have information that would help police identify the suspect in attempted abductions, contact police at (502) 574-LMPD.