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Kidnap 'Victim' May Have Lied

Kidnap 'Victim' May Have Lied



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A 17-year-old girl who claimed she was rescued from a kidnapping by her dog is being investigated on suspicions she made up the story.

The Salt Lake District Attorney's office says it can't find any evidence two juveniles intended to take the 17-year-old West Jordan girl to Las Vegas -- as she claimed.

South Jordan Police Sergeant Dan Starks says detectives are conducting a separate investigation of the girl for making a false police report -- which is a class B misdemeanor.

The girl says she was giving the two 17--year-old boys a ride when they pulled out a weapon and demanded she continue to Las Vegas.

The girl says she escaped at a Provo gas station when her 50-pound dog bit the hand of one suspect and chased both of them off.

But police found no evidence of animal bites on either boy, and a search failed to turn up any weapon they might have used.

Investigators also reviewed surveillance video from the convenience store where the girl stopped for gas, finding inconsistencies in her escape story.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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