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A strange clown mystery in South Carolina.

FOX's Carmen Roberts reports:

Clowns in the woods? That's what some people, mostly children, say they've seen over the past couple of weeks around an apartment complex in Greenville, South Carolina.

At first this woman thought her son was imagining things:

(Woman) "The next day I had about 30 kids come up to me and say did you see the clowns in the woods?"

Deputies not finding much evidence, but stepping up patrols nonetheless, after reports people wearing white-painted clown faces tried to lure children into the woods.

A big concern for this man:

(Man) "I'm over here to make sure we get a full understanding of what is law enforcement because we have around 200-300 children out here."

Joke or not, deputies are urging parents to take their children's safety seriously, saying don't leave them alone at night and certainly don't let them walk in the woods at night.

Carmen Roberts, FOX News.