A 9-year-old Lincoln boy who said two men in a truck attempted to abduct him at gunpoint last week admitted Wednesday afternoon to making the story up, according to the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff’s Department.
The boy told deputies and a school counselor he gave them false information, according to Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton.
Dutton said the boy fabricated the report because he was going through “personal issues.”
The Sheriff’s Office won’t cite him for making a false report to law enforcement officials, Dutton said.
“Our concern is getting the boy help,” he said.
The case will be referred to the county attorney’s office, Dutton said. County Attorney Leo Gallagher was unavailable for comment Wednesday afternoon.
The report launched a statewide search for a truck and two men described in detail by the boy on May 12.
The boy told authorities he was riding his bicycle on Highway 200 when two men attempted to abduct him.
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