Missouri’s Bagnell Dam – Is It in Danger?

By Faye Higbee

Suspicious behavior has created concern over Missouri’s Bagnell Dam. The tip to law enforcement stated that a group of Middle Eastern men had approached wait staff at a local restaurant and asked if they could rent a boat to tour the dam.

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Bagnell Dam

Fox local reported,

Police tell KMIZ-TV that the incident happened about two weeks ago at the Golden Corral in Osage Beach. A deputy was eating lunch and the wait staff told him about the group of men. Staffers said the men were asking questions about the dam. They wanted to know if they could rent a boat and tour the dam.

The Camden County Sheriff’s Office tells Lake News that they received a tip about a group of “Middle Eastern” men asking about Bagnell Dam. The police department forwarded that report to the FBI and a joint task force on terrorism.

Paying attention to details

“With recent things going on in our country and around the world, people are kind of a little bit more alerted. It’s everyone’s responsibility to watch out for each other. We all live in this community, and we’re going to notice things that seem out of place and if we don’t notify the proper authorities, who will?” Cpl Scott Hines, Miller County Sheriff’s Department

The FBI has been notified of this incident, and regular security patrols are continuing at the dam. The Sheriff’s office stated that they will not increase that security until they are notified that this is a credible threat.

Terrorists surrounded by unafraid citizens

Missouri in particular has been in the news for suspicious thefts and purchases of late. Asking the people that if they “see something, say something” has finally unleashed people to report suspicious activity. We must make law enforcement aware of situation that have the potential for disaster.

Even if the reports are wrong or not-credible, terrorists cannot thrive in an atmosphere where people are not afraid, but are constantly reporting them.