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Anonymous calls out Sandusky County

Alissa Widman Neese • May 6, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Are Sandusky County officials overworked, incompetent or engrossed in nefarious deeds?

Internet group Anonymous posed this question and nearly a dozen others to Sandusky County officials in a news release Monday, but special prosecutor Dean Henry refused to answer them. 

Click here to read the release.

When the Register called Henry to discuss the group's questions, he said he's "trying to stay away from talking about specifics" of the Jacob Limberios investigation.

"I'm not really interested in answering questions from someone I dont know," Henry said. "If they want to call me, my number's here. I'm happy to talk to anyone who wants to identify themselves."

The Limberios family has asked when their son's body will be returned from Lucas County. His body was exhumed on Wednesday and a second autopsy was performed on Thursday, but Henry and other officials have not responded to the family's inquiries. 

The Anonymous statement — released Monday evening by the official @OpJustice4Jake Twitter account — peppers county officials with additional questions, many of which the family have asked previously without any satisfactory response, family attorney Dan McGookey said. 

The inquiries include:

•Why were witness statements taken as fact without investigation?

•Why was no proper forensic investigation or autopsy conducted immediately after the incident?

•Why did the family have to pay an expert to do the county's job?

•Why did it take a lawsuit to move county officials to act?

•Why are clear conflicts of interest being ignored?

Anonymous members continue to investigate and are prepared to take action.

"When we have the answer, and we will have it, it will be publicly released," the release states. "We continue to hope that Sandusky County will step up to the plate and complete this investigation in a proper, if belated, manner."

Also in the release, Anonymous members involved in the official "#OpJusticeForJake" social media movement said they did not create or release the April 30 video related to the Limberios case. Because Anonymous has no hierarchy or official structure, however, it is incorrect to say the video isn't from Anonymous.

"While it is possible that this video was created by an Anonymous member, it was not created or released by this operation, OpJusticeForJake," the release states. "All official releases will be announced by the @OpJustice4Jake Twitter account. We will have nothing further to say on this topic."

Anonymous is a loosely organized group of unidentified Internet users who have hacked government websites and banded together for various causes. Most recently, the group leaked private information concerning a 2012 Steubenville rape case, in which two teenage boys were later found guilty.

Limberios was shot and killed March 2, 2012. Sandusky County officials ruled the death a suicide, but a forensic pathologist hired by the Limberios family examined the body and determined it was a homicide.

The investigation has prompted a week-long social media onslaught dubbed "#OpJusticeForJake" from several Twitter users claiming to be from Anonymous. On Twitter, hashtags are a way to categorize messages and indicate popular search phrases in a tweet. 

Thousands of tweets have used the phrase in the past week. As of Thursday, the primary Anonymous Twitter account, which has more than 1 million followers, has made at least five references to the Limberios case.

Click here for the Twitter feed.

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