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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Abduction unfounded: Shawnee police close attempted kidnapping investigation

  • Nearly one month after a Shawnee High School student reported that she escaped an abduction while walking to school, Shawnee police detectives have closed the investigation after new evidence on Tuesday classified the incident as unfounded.
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  • Nearly one month after a Shawnee High School student reported that she escaped an abduction while walking to school, Shawnee police detectives have closed the investigation after new evidence on Tuesday classified the incident as unfounded.
    Detective Ronnie Wilson, who said many parents and school officials have been worried about student safety as a result of the reported incident, said the streets are a bit safer today as police, after much investigation, have found no proof the incident occurred.
    “We’re relieved there’s not a predator out there,” said Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz.
    The 14-year-old student reported she was grabbed and forced into an older model black van while walking to school on the morning of Nov. 7. She claimed she began kicking, scratching and biting at the suspects until she could escape and run to her home.
    An investigation by detectives has included about 50 man-hours of work, Wilson said, including time spent by an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation sketch artist to draw sketches of alleged suspects being sought in the case.
    As police followed few leads in the probe, it finally led them to locate and interview the teenager’s boyfriend on Tuesday, Wilson said.
    After that interview, detectives discovered the entire incident was allegedly made up. As a result, Wilson said police are closing the investigation and it is being classified as unfounded.
    Shawnee school officials have been informed about the findings to inform all parents, Wilson said. Despite the fact the incident didn’t occur, Wilson said it’s always a good idea for students and parents to be observant and vigilant for any possible signs of danger.
    Wilson said he doesn’t anticipate any further investigation or charges.
     
     
     
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