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Online horror: Virginia state trooper 'con man' shot dead after reportedly driving across country to abduct teen he catfished online and murdering her mother and grandparents

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The day after Thanksgiving this year truly was a black Friday for one California community after a Virginia state trooper allegedly drove across the country and abducted a California teenager he had catfished online, murdered her family, and set her home on fire.

Just before 11 a.m. on Friday morning, police in Riverside, California, were asked to conduct a welfare check on a man and a young woman who seemed to be having "some type of disturbance" as she got into his car. The young woman turned out to be a teenager whose name and age have not been released. The man turned out to be 28-year-old Austin Lee Edwards, a Virginia cop who had allegedly catfished — that is, deliberately misrepresented himself to — the girl online.

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