Puzzle #4: Police fear for Telescope Man Tim Walthall’s safety

Why would police fear for Tim Walthall and his family’s safety directly after Heather Teague’s abduction? Who would make their safety feel threatened? ┬áDid Walthall and the police know something so serious that the family had to leave town quickly? Do you think media reports were negative toward Walthall?

From the August 28, 2001 edition of the Paducah Sun: