CINCINNATI, Ohio — His pleas for help went viral overnight, but it all turned out to be a hoax.
WCPO reports that at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Cincinnati man Adam Hoover, 20, began sending messages and posts out on Twitter and Facebook saying he’d been stuffed in the trunk of his car and kidnapped.
He said the group who put him there said they would kill him and his family.
The messages spread online, and hashtag #FindAdamHoover quickly spread all over the world as Internet users tried to help.
Police eventually found Hoover’s vehicle abandoned on a road in Miami Township. He was found nearby.
As relief spread online, however, police told WCPO that Hoover’s claims were false. Now, he faces charges of making false claims.
Hoover is known as a gay rights activist in his region and works with the group Marriage Equality Ohio.
He also helped raise thousands of dollars recently for a memorial for Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgendered teen who got national attention in December when she committed suicide. She’d left a suicide note pleading for others to “fix society.”