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Text threat: Sorry, wrong number

Jessica Cuffman • May 16, 2013 at 10:00 AM

A former Castalia man who sent a strongly worded text message to a Sandusky County detective will not face charges. 

The man told investigators his message was meant for someone else, and he also later apologized for sending it.  

Fremont police investigated the incident at the request of the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office, as sheriff’s Detective Sean O’Connell perceived the message as threatening.  

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The message was sent a few days before the county ordered the second exhumation of the body of Jacob Limberios, who died last year of a gunshot wound to the head. The Limberios case has sparked tense interactions between Sandusky County officials and the Limberios family, which has been fighting for answers in Jacob’s death.  

County officials have said it was a suicide, but a forensic pathologist hired by the family said it was a homicide.  

The text message O’Connell received stated: “You are an extremely dumb f*****r and illiterate. You will pay for the pain you caused innocent people, and don’t try to cover up for what you’ve done. It will only get you on deeper for what’s coming your way. You are a poor excuse for a human being.”

O’Connell’s work cell phone number had been placed on a Facebook page created by the Limberios family’s supporters.  

Fremont police traced the text message back to a former Castalia man who now lives in California. After several attempts to find the man, Huron police later tracked him to a relative’s home in Huron.

The man is not being charged, so the Register has chosen not to name him. He told investigators he received O’Connell’s phone number from a friend, and he thought it belonged to someone who he suspected was a witness the night Jacob was killed.

The man told Fremont police Detective Jason Kiddey he just meant to make a statement, not a threat, and he did not know the phone number belonged to a detective.

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