COLUMBIA, Ill. (KMOX) – After a long weekend of interviews and following up on leans, police in Columbia, Illinois say an attempted abduction of an 11 year old boy was all made up.
Columbia Police received a call Friday evening that a man attempted to abduct an 11 year old boy and his older sister from the area of West Locust and North Main Street.
The 11 year old provided a detailed description of the suspect to an Illinois State Police sketch artist, who was assisting in the investigation. A number of leads were generated and followed up on by the Columbia Police Department. None of which led to the identity of the suspect.
On Sunday investigators re-interviewed the older sister. She admitted to not being with her 11 year old brother at the time of the attempted abduction. Today, detectives re-interview the 11 year old boy. After this interview, investigators believe the attempted abduction never happened.
The Columbia Police Department will forward juvenile charges to the Monroe County State’s Attorney for his review.
The Columbia Police Department thanks the media and everyone who assisted in the search. We are extremely happy to learn that this incident did not occur in our community. We are very disappointed that anyone would fabricate an incident of this magnitude. We greatly appreciate the phone calls we received while investigating this case and want to thank the public for calling us and providing us with information to follow up on.