Well it came crashing to its predictable end. Here’s the story from a CNN affiliate, with this great quote:
Dyer, asked whether he ever thought that the hoopla had become more than just a joke, implied that everyone should have known it was a hoax.
“Well, we told 10 different stories,” he said. “Everyone knew we were lying.”
Or watch this AP video clip:
This story made a monkey out of mainstream media, but it has a silver lining: One of the two redneck perpetrators of the hoax got fired. (His credibility as a law enforcement officer was a bit tarnished, shall we say?)