KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho – Police often rely on tips from the public to solve crimes. For one north Idaho man, those “tips” wrongfully named him as a person of interest in the Bo Kirk murder case.
People on social media believed Daren Flolo resembled the suspect seen in a surveillance video at an ATM where Kirk’s credit card was used. They took their beliefs to Facebook which then led police to investigate the claims.
Police questioned Flolo, but he has since been exonerated. Flolo said the damage is already done. Since being a person of interest, he was dismissed from his job.
"This video doesn't look like anybody," said Flolo. "Unless you have a preconceived notion about somebody."
Since being person of interest, Daren Flolo was laid off from work. Says his grown kids took everything really hard pic.twitter.com/xyBygJ49uR— Ryan Simms (@KREMRyan) November 1, 2016
Flolo has been in trouble with the law before. He believes people used his background as a means of targeting him.
“It was a shock because I didn’t do anything wrong,” said Flolo. "They don't even know me...the people who know me know I would never do something like that."
"To see my kids hurting over something that I had nothing to do with...that's when it crossed the line for me," said Flolo. "When my son came home crying, that broke my heart."
After spending years trying to get his life back in order, he is now faced with starting over.
"I have changed my life," said Flolo. "It's like bad karma. Follows you around."
Flolo said he is planning to move south to Arizona to escape the the social media that soiled his reputation.
"You can't change it," said Flolo. "People are going to say what they want."
(© 2017 KREM)