Claiming that they’ve “exhausted all leads to this point,” the Asheville Police Department has suspended its investigation of the alleged hacking of state Rep. Tim Moffitt’s Twitter account last year. The legislator’s account sent out an offensive message that he implied was an effort by his political opponents to discredit him.
“APD’s case is suspended inactive,” Lt. Dave Romick, the department’s spokesperson, wrote to Xpress. “The DA’s office and Rep. Moffitt’s office were notified at least two weeks ago.”
“They should lock up all the gays on their own island. Except for the lesbians. Y’all can have them!” Moffitt’s account tweeted on Sept. 19. The tweet was deleted a few minutes later; he offered an apology to his followers and promised that “appropriate security measures will be taken.”
Moffitt initially reported the incident to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 25, and it turned the case over to the APD in November due to “the abilities of our cyber crime unit,” Sgt. Michael Lamb noted at the time.