Elevator call led to Jefferson City building lockdown, police say

Monday, November 23, 2009 | 1:34 p.m. CST; updated 10:17 p.m. CST, Monday, November 23, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY — Police say an unfounded report of a hostage situation in a building near Missouri's governor's mansion was prompted by someone calling an elevator phone to warn of a hostage-taking.

Police locked down the Jefferson City office building for several hours on Nov. 10. The building houses Missouri utility regulators and several other government agencies. Police searched office by office and found nothing unusual.

Jefferson City police said Monday the hostage report started with a call from a still unidentified person to a telephone in an elevator warning of an ongoing hostage situation. That phone number is unlisted.

A woman in the elevator heard the warning and notified a supervisor, who contacted the building's alarm company. That company then called police.


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