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Montezuma woman arrested for falsely reporting suicidal threat to 988 hotline

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In the early hours of April 6 deputies were dispatched to a residence in the town of Montezuma following a distressing report from the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. The hotline had received texts from an individual claiming to possess a gun and intending to use it for suicide. The incident prompted a swift response from law enforcement to address the potential crisis.


Upon arrival and investigation, deputies identified Lynn A. Gislason as the source of the alarming messages. Gislason, however, informed the deputies that her actions were intended to test the efficiency of the 988 hotline system, asserting that she was neither suicidal nor in possession of a firearm for such purpose. Despite her claims of testing the system, her actions led to her arrest for falsely reporting an incident, due to the serious nature of her communications with the hotline.

Gislason has been issued an appearance ticket and is expected to face the consequences of her actions in Montezuma Town Court on April 17, 2024.