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Lanett police say attempted abduction did not happen

LANETT — The Lanett Police Department has confirmed that an attempted abduction of a juvenile by two subjects in a white van on Wednesday did not occur.

A statement by Lanett Patrol Captain Richard Casner said the initial call came in at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. However, after investigators interviewed the juvenile and reviewed surveillance footage of the area where the incident allegedly took place, police were able to verify the offense did not happen.

“This is simply a case of a young juvenile telling a story to avoid being in trouble with its parents,” Casner said in the news release. “Thankfully, this case was found to be FALSE and ends with the child safely with its parents.”