WICHITA, Kansas – A Kansas official has refuted a widely shared story that recently popped up on Facebook about a woman named Dorothy whose Oklahoma home supposedly flew almost 130 km for the landing outside of Wichita.
Sedgwick County spokeswoman Kate Flavin told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the story is not true.
The story was published in 2015 by World News Daily Report, and most recently, once again spreading on Facebook. It claimed a woman named Dorothy Williams and four members of her family were in their Tulsa, Oklahoma, mobile home in northern Colorado before landing on an empty car in Kansas.
“This is false; it is not happened,” Flavin wrote in an e-mail, noting the publication of the website, the content is not true.
The story claims no one was injured in the house the 4-hour-plus flight to center of wind reached speeds of more than 220 km / h. The story is accompanied with photos of storm damaged properties.
The website contains a disclaimer that states, in part, that “All characters appearing in the articles in this website – even those based on real people – are entirely fictional and any similarity between them, and each person, living, dead or undead is purely a miracle.”
This is a part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check-misinformation that is shared widely on the internet, including working with Facebook to identify and reduce the spread of false stories on the platform.