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BATON ROUGE- Authorities spent much of the day dispelling bizarre and violent rumors of a serial killer after social media exploded with false claims Friday.

"I have an obligation to inform the public," East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said, and he needed people to know they were not immediate danger.

Authorities suspect the inaccurate information was based on two real crimes, both of which have no connection to each other.

Thursday night, a woman was mugged running the lakes near LSU. Her attacker choked her unconscious and left when she regained consciousness and began to scream.

Last weekend, a woman was found dead in a canal off Tiger Bend badly mutilated. Her death was classified as homicide.

The sheriff met with police, the district attorney and the coroner's office about the two crimes and also discussed crimes around the area and found no link. They immediately began to dispell the rumors.

Police and the sheriff's office said if there was a connection, it would not be hidden from the public, but there is no such link.

Both investigations, as well as an attempted kidnapping in the Garden District earlier this week, remain under investigation.
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