Police following leads on Manitowoc Sheriff's...

Posted at 5:36 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 14:33:10-05

MANITOWOC, Wis.- The city of Manitowoc is on high alert after fallout from the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer" results in a double bomb threat at the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department Wednesday night.  Police evacuated the building after receiving two calls that bombs were inside.

One of the people impacted by the bomb threats was Tamlyn Coenen.

"It was anxiety ridden when you're locked in there and you can't do anything about it," said Coenen,

Coenen is an inmate at the Manitowoc County Jail, which is connected to the Sheriff's Department,  She was on her way back from work release when the second bomb threat call came in.  The people behind the calls claimed to target the Sheriff's Department in an effort to get justice for Steven Avery.


"I think it's being way blown out of proportion," said Coenen about the reaction her city is seen since the "Making a Murderer" documentary was released.


The bomb threats not only take up resources and create problems at the Sheriff's Department, where they've received numerous threats since the documentary was released but now it's also taking its toll emotionally on employees.


"They want to know if they're going to be okay and we want to tell them that answer is yes, but with these continued threats we can't make that for certain," said inspector Gregg Schetter with the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department.


The Manitowoc City Police Department is handling the investigation and they're looking for a man, possibly two.


"It's not known yet if it's from out of state, in state or local," said Capt. Larry Zimney with the Manitowoc Police Department.


Manitowoc police are working closely with the Department of Criminal Investigation to track the caller or callers.  If caught those person(s) will be facing prison time.


"It's a serious threat and we need to take it seriously," said Capt. Zimney.


For Coenen she's just hoping this all dies down soon.


"To think that anything could possibly happen because of something as crazy as a Netflix documentary just shocks me," said Coenen.


Police are asking the public to be extra aware.  Pay attention to what's going on around you and if you see something that looks suspicious, don't hesitate to call police.