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Bountiful police say attempted kidnapping of teen girl was false report

By Liesl Nielsen, | Updated - Mar. 5, 2019 at 1:06 p.m. | Posted - Mar. 5, 2019 at 10:50 a.m.

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BOUNTIFUL — A reported possible kidnapping attempt of a teenage girl turned out to be a false report, Bountiful police said Tuesday.

A South Davis Junior High School student told police she was walking to the place where her parents usually pick her up from school about 3 p.m. Monday when a man in his 60s approached her and told her he was there to pick her up for her father.

The girl said the man grabbed her when she wouldn't leave with him, but some other students walking nearby intervened and the man ran off.

Police immediately began investigating the girl's report and had "people working around the clock" to find the perpetrator, Bountiful Police Lt. Dave Edwards said. As the story circulated on social media and in the news, more information surfaced, and police requested a second interview with the girl to clarify some conflicting reports.

When asked about the inconsistencies in her story, the teen confessed that her report had been untrue, Edwards said.

Police said they would not release details about the inconsistencies in the girl's story, and Edwards said he was unsure why she filed a false report.

The girl may face a minor misdemeanor charge in juvenile court as a result.

Contributing: Felicia Martinez and Derek Peterson, KSL TV

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