An Ohio LGBT rights activist has been charged with faking his abduction.
Adam Hoover started sending out messages about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter pleading for help.
“Please help me I’m in the trunk of my ford escort red 2000,” one message read, including his license plate number. “They said they are going to kill my family please call 911.”
He begged for someone to help his mother and other family members in Harrison, Ohio, and said he was somewhere on Interstate 275, which circles Cincinnati.
“Please please call,” the post read. “I don’t want to die.”
The posts were widely shared on social media and prompted the #FindAdamHoover hashtag campaign to spread word of his alleged abduction.
Investigators located Hoover’s vehicle abandoned in Miami Township, along U.S. 50, and then found him unharmed nearby.
Police determined that Hoover had not been abducted and made up his claims, and he was charged with making false alarms, a misdemeanor.
Hoover, a third-year student at Miami University, helped raise more than $2,000 though his Marriage Equality Ohio group to help pay for a memorial for a Cincinnati-area transgender teen whose suicide note attracted international attention.
Watch this video report posted online by WLWT-TV: