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Sheriff says Lincoln boy recants kidnapping story

2010-05-20T00:00:00Z Sheriff says Lincoln boy recants kidnapping storyBy ANGELA BRANDT Independent Record Helena Independent Record

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.

Reporter Angela Brandt: 447-4078 or


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  1. MTObserver
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    MTObserver - May 20, 2010 6:57 pm
    It took a lot of courage for him to 'come clean' and tell the truth. He could have just as well stuck with his story.
    The truth will set you free. Maybe it won't feel so at first, but the truth is the truth.. and eventually it will.
  2. Toby
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    Toby - May 20, 2010 5:43 pm
    Wow, that kids got a good imagination. He could be a writer with the detail he put into the story. Impressive.

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