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Suspect Identified in Abduction Hoax


Police say a girl lied about her own abduction, sending them on a wild goose chase Thursday night. Now, state police in Braxton County say they have a suspect.

Police say she called 9-1-1 not once...not twice... but 15 times. It turns out the 911 calls were the work of a prankster--a young girl who now faces some serious charges.

"Whatever we can charge her with as far as filing a false complaint--that's what we'll do," said Sergeant Jay Powers with the West Virginia State Police.

Thursday night, state police in both Braxton and Upshur counties received the call a girl had been kidnapped. The girl said she had been locked in the back of a trunk after a man shot her mother. But, it was all a hoax and police aren't laughing.

"We asked the public to help out and now we're having the public to look for something that's not real," said Powers. It not only angers us, it angers the public as well."

What probably made these calls so believable--the amount of detail put into them. The girl said she was calling from the back of a trunk on her way to Buckhannon--and her mother had been shot while changing a tire. She also gave a full description of the man who supposedly kidnapped her.

Even the FBI got involved with the hunt that eventally led to nowhere. Now, there's a new search underway for the girl who called police.

Police tell us they have identified the girl. She's only 12 years old--and police believe she's done this before. Police say there could be more suspects in this case. Charges are expected to be filed next week.


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