Wayne County attempted abduction story a hoax - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Wayne County attempted abduction story a hoax


A report of an attempted abduction in Wayne County turned out to be a hoax, according to Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Clark Parrott.

According to Parrott, a 16-year-old boy originally told authorities he ran away when three white men in a dark minivan approached him.  However, Parrott said the teen admitted to making up the story while being interviewed by investigators. 

Parrott did not know why the teen lied.  The teen does not face charges at the moment, but Parrott said case will be turned over to the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney's office for further review.

Investigators had been taking the teen's story seriously in light of a similar attempted abduction reported by a woman in Van Buren.

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