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Friday November 14th, 2014

Posted at 2:51pm

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Windsor Police say that a reported alleged abduction earlier this week did not happen.

The investigation started Wednesday evening when police say a 17-year-old female reported to them that she was kidnapped by a male in a pickup truck in the area Wyandotte Street East and Ford Boulevard.

The female indicated that the lone male driver forced her into his truck and drove off with her heading east on Wyandotte. The female stated that she was able to escape while the truck was stopped at a red light a short distance away. She phoned a family member who then picked her up in the area of Wyandotte Street East and St. Rose Avenue.

Detectives from the Major Crime Branch commenced an investigation which included the search for video surveillance, cell phone searches and witness interviews. The female was interviewed again on Thursday November 13th and further details were given. Detectives continued to follow-up leads, but it was becoming apparent that the female’s story could not be corroborated.

The female was interviewed again today and was presented with a number of inconsistencies in her story. It was at this time that she broke down and admitted that she had made up the entire incident.

The female told police that she had dropped off her 2-year-old child at the residence of one of her relatives. She then met up with a male that she had met online. She had stayed out past the time that she had told the relative that she would return. When the relative became impatient, the female decided to make up the kidnapping story in order to avoid conflict.

Police indicate that she showed extreme remorse when finally telling Detectives the truth about what had happened.

Police say that she understood the amount of police resources that were used in this investigation and how they could have been put to better use, and the general fear that she had caused within the community and was very apologetic.

Police say that they took this matter very serious and that it was apparent through the media reports that the general public had great concern about the safety of its streets.

Even though this event has proven to be false, police remind the public to always be aware of their surroundings and remain ever vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour or activity that they encounter.

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