Another false report: Police say attempted abduction in Columbia was fake

Another false report: Police say attempted abduction in Columbia was fake

Another false report: Police say attempted abduction in Columbia was fake

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by Kaitlin Riordan / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 20, 2012 at 1:02 PM

COLUMBIA, Ill. (KMOV.com) -- Police say a report of an attempted abduction of an 11-year-old boy in Columbia, Illinois was false, marking the second such false report in the Metro East over the past three days.

An 11-year-old boy told police a man tried to lure him into his van around 8 p.m. Friday.

Authorities said the boy went and got his older sister to call police.

Police say the boy provided a detailed description of the suspect to the Illinois State Police's sketch artist. The sketch, along with a description of the vehicle, provided leads that did not help identify a suspect.

The boy's older sister admitted to detectives on Saturday that she was not with her brother when the incident reported. Detectives re-interviewed the boy and determined the abduction attempt never happened.

Columbia Police will forward juvenile charges to the Monroe County State's Attorney for review of the case.

The incident came just days before an 11-year-old girl falsely reported an attempted abduction in East Carondelet.

Police said an 11-year-old girl and her 19-year-old sister told authorities they were walking in a park when a man approached them and tried to grab the 11-year-old girl.

The town’s mayor, Herb Simmons, told News 4 that results of an investigation have proven the girls’ claims to be unfounded.

It is not clear if any charges will be filed in the case in that case.

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