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Sheriff: Boy made up story about kidnapping attempt


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Authorities say a 9-year-old Lincoln boy who reported that two men tried to kidnap him at gunpoint as he rode his bike to school made the story up.

Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton says the boy told deputies and a school counselor Wednesday he gave them false information. The sheriff says the boy was going through "personal issues" and won't be cited for making a false report to law enforcement officials.

The boy told authorities he was riding his bike along Highway 200 at about 8 a.m. May 12 when two men in a pickup truck pulled up and the passenger told him to get in the vehicle. The boy said he fled on his bike to school after the passenger brandished a handgun.

The report launched a statewide search for the truck and the two men.

Dutton says the case will be referred to the county attorney's office. County Attorney Leo Gallagher was unavailable for comment Wednesday.


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